Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, Gatlinburg had a population of 3,828. The city is a popular vacation resort, as it rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along U.S. Route 441, which connects Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina through the national park.
Gatlinburg is an important tourism destination in Tennessee, with many man-made attractions, and it borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ober Gatlinburg is the only ski resort in Tennessee. It has eight ski trails and three chair lifts, and is accessible via roads and a gondola from the city strip. The Gatlinburg Trolley, a privately funded public transit system, caters to area tourists.
Another popular attraction is Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies which also features special exhibits covering subjects such as the Titanic, pirates and more recently the planet Mars. Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country, which are both named for Dolly Parton, are amusement parks located in nearby Pigeon Forge.
There is a walk-through haunted house known as the "Mysterious Mansion". Vincent "Val" Valentine built this attraction in 1980. It is similar to "Old House" at Panama City Beach, Florida's now-defunct Miracle Strip Amusement Park.
Hollywood Star Cars Museum features Mayberry's Squad Car, The Beverly Hillbillies jalopy, DRAG-U-LA from The Munsters, Batmobile, Camaro from Charlie's Angels, General Lee, and Herbie the Love Bug which were designed by George Barris.
A few music and family-oriented theaters make their homes in Gatlinburg as well, including the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, which hosts a musical comedy. In recent years, the number of musical shows in Gatlinburg has dwindled with several shows having gone to Pigeon Forge and its many venues.
Gatlinburg also has numbered intersections in the core of the town. The numbers hang from traffic lights or are on signs, and are written on official tourist maps. A similar idea was tried in Niagara Falls, New York after the then-mayor of Niagara Falls visited Gatlinburg and brought the idea back to Niagara Falls, although the idea was short-lived in New York and was scrapped due to budget issues.
During the Christmas season the entire downtown area is decorated with lights. Visitors also benefit from a free shuttle bus that traverses the city every half hour.
Because of the ease of obtaining a marriage license in Tennessee, Gatlinburg is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons, with over twenty wedding chapels in the town and surrounding areas.
There are so many wondeful things to do in Gatlinburg its well worth a visit at least once !!
A Walk in the Woods, Affordable nature walks, overnight trips, shuttle service, and more.
Blindshot Barnaby's, Amusement attraction.
Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens, Inspirational featuring incredibility life-like scenes - utilizing life-size figures in dramatic settings.
Earthquake, Experience the real thing in a catastrophic live action ride.
Fannie Farkles, The ultimate in family fun, food, games and prizes!
Fort Fun, Black light mini-golf, laser tag, motion ride, bumper cars and arcade.
Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, Enjoy spectacular views year-round from aboard the 120 passenger Tramway.
Gatlinburg Gem Mine, Gem Mine.
Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Amusement.
Gatlinburg Theme Park of Sevier County Inc., Parking lot/miniature golf
Gatlinburg Zipline Family Adventures, Gatlinburg's newest treetop attraction. 9 cables 6 platforms, 2 skybridges. Twilight tours available.
Guinness World Records Museum, See the amazing book come to life! Unbelievable feats!
Hillbilly Golf, Play world's most unusual miniature golf.
Hollywood Wax Museum
Incredible Photos, Unique anniversary and just married photo T-shirts, hats, ceramic mugs, ect...
Motion Ride Movie Theater, Motion simulator ride offering four great movies to experience.
Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg, Attraction.
NOC Stores, Inc., Base camp for Smokies fun! Advice, gear, guides and more!
Ober Gatlinburg, Inc., Alpine slide, indoor ice skating, go-karts, winter skiing, snowboarding and more!
Off Road Voyages, Inc., The most adventurous Hummer tours in the US!
Old Gatlinburg Golf and Games, Gatlinburg's largest min-golf attraction featuring black light indoor golf and more.
Old Tyme Portraits by Treadway, Take a fun trip back in Time with us.
Ole Smoky Distillery, LLC, Mountain made moonshine straight from the smokies...Tastings, tours and takeaways!
Penguin Playhouse, Must-see, highly interactive penguin exhibit above and below the water!
Rafting in the Smokies, Family adventure - NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY - families-couples-singles-groups-join us for some fun.
Relaxation Station, Aqua massage, oxygen bar, premier massage and body products.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, America's #1 Aquarium! New Penguin Playhouse and best Shark Exhibit.
Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Strangest place in Gatlinburg! "truth is stranger than fiction."
Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-Golf, Gatlinburg's most entertaining min-golf with 36 times the family fun!
Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Enjoy Ripely's world-class Haunted attraction and Gatlinburg's #1 Haunted house!
Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze and Candy Factory, Can you find your way out? An amazing enjoyable adventure!
Ripley's Moving Theater, Powered by real D 3D! Ridge and experience the movie.
Segways of the Smokies, The most fun way to tour Gatlinburg effortlessly. You choose your route.
Somewhere in Time II, Old time photos.
Souvenir Photos, Photos.
Space Needle, Come to the Space Needle for the sites, arcade, fun and food.
Star Cars Museum, Celebrity entertainment.
Sweet Fanny Adams Theater, The most unique purveyor of live theater in the Smokies.
Treasure Quest, A championship 18 hole indoor golf course fun for all.
World of Illusions, The world's largest exhibition of action packed grand illusions.