Gatlinburg Tn

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee is one of the best kept secrets in terms of vacation spots in the United States. In addition to the main draw to Gatlinburg (the lovely Great Smoky Mountains), there are over 40 family attractions that will delight children and adults. The best part of a Gatlinburg visit, however, is the chance to spend quiet time with family, to reconnect with the grandeur of nature, and to remember those things that bring people together.

Family Resorts and More

There are over 600 cabin and chalet rentals available in the Gatlinburg area. They are far more than four wooden walls and a fireplace. In fact, they usually contain fully equipped modern kitchens, big screen televisions with satellite hookup, and even hot tubs. Smaller cabins are ideal for families or couples, while cabins with eight or more rooms are great for family reunions, church retreats, or business meetings.

In addition to great cabin rentals, the city is also home to a state-of-the-art convention center that draws thousands every year. In February, more than 10,000 couples get married in Gatlinburg and then honeymoon in the area. The town's seven bed and breakfast inns are delightful reminders of days gone by, while campers can enjoy five private campgrounds and more in the national park. Gatlinburg offers 75 restaurants that locals and visitors alike can enjoy.

Exciting Local Attractions

Just a short drive from Gatlinburg is Dollywood, a country heaven. Close by are the Mysterious Mansion, the Smoky Mountain Winery, Sweet Fanny Adams Theater and Music Hall, Camp Thunder, Earthquake--the Ride, and the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. Other activities include golf, miniature golf, horseback riding, fishing, and swimming. Visitors can brows through more than 400 gift and specialty shops. Throughout the year, there are music festivals, art galleries to explore, and the Christmas Parade of Lights.


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