12 Things to Do in Gatlinburg and the Best Places to Stay

This quaint city sits atop lush rolling hills nearby the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and wows visitors with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape.

Besides being an outdoor adventure land for hiking, biking, fishing, or climbing enthusiasts, Gatlinburg is also a fantastic family-friendly getaway spot.

1. Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are plenty of trails to explore for novice hikers to advanced experts.

2. Visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407-foot observation tower where visitors can get a bird’s-eye-view of the downtown Gatlinburg area.

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Gaze at 12-foot sharks through an underwater tunnel, watch the penguins play and dive through their chilly ecosystem.

3. Pet Stingrays at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

4. Go On Thrill Rides at Anakeesta Mountain Top Theme Park

This one-of-a-kind theme park isn’t like the Disney parks in Orlando.

5. Check Out the Views at SkyLift Park & SkyBridge

Visitors can head to the top of Crockett Mountain for incredible views of the Smokies.

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