Spectacular surroundings in Gatlinburg, TN

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We arrived to Gatlinburg, TN late in the afternoon after a three hour drive. Our hotel was located close to the center of Gatlinburg and we had some time to relax before we strolled out for dinner in the early evening. It’s great that Gatlinburg is a very walking friendly town. You can reach most places without the need of a car. For us, it was very convenient to leave the car at the hotel after the significant drive to get there.

Gorgeous green surroundings

The first thing that hit us when we arrived to Gatlinburg was how beautiful the scenery is. Gatlinburg rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And it´s also known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. Everywhere your eyes go you will see mountains covered in greenery.  

I’ve grown up in a very flat environment without any heights worth to mention and therefore I think mountain areas amaze me a little bit extra. But no matter what landscape you are used to I’m sure that you will be swept away by the beauty of the Smokys.

The location is great for exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But there are many things to do in the town of Gatlinburg too. The aquarium and the distilling company are two very interesting and popular things to do. And of course there’s a good selection of restaurants to choose from.

But the most important thing while visiting is that you take your time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and great adventure that is offered by the Great Smokey Mountains.

Day trips into the National Park

As Gatlinburg is located just at the edge of the National Park, it´s very conveniently located for making day trips to various spots within the park. Cades Cove is one such spot that really is something extraordinary. It’s an isolated valley which once upon a time was home to settlers. It’s very scenic and also full of wildlife. You’ll have good chances of spotting a bear (or three) if you go there. The driving time is about 90 minutes from Gatlinburg. Don’t forget to bring a picnic.

Cades Cove in the Smokies
Cades Cove takes you back in time.

If you explore the Smokies in the summer you should have in mind that there are numerous nice spots along the way for some swimming to cool you off.

River in the Smokies
Cooling river in the Smokies a hot day of summer.

Appreciated by most

Gatlinburg is and have for a long time been a popular vacation town, but it doesn’t feel tiered at all. Quite to the opposite it’s full of energy.  It could be the spectacular surroundings or maybe it´s the mountain air that inspires people. Or the reason is something completely different. No matter what I’m sure that pretty much any type of visitor will have a splendid time in Gatlinburg and its surroundings.