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Enjoy Year-Round Activities

The Great Smoky Mountains are filled with adventure, and you’ll soon discover there’s never a shortage of things to do in Gatlinburg. This East Tennessee town offers plenty for outdoor enthusiasts, like skiing in the winter and hiking and whitewater rafting during the warmer months. If you’re visiting with kids, you’ll love that there are amusement parks nearby. And if you’re traveling without the little ones, you may want to sample some local spirits at a moonshine tasting! With so many options, you can create your perfect vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

A Mountain Town Experience

Our vacation rentals in Gatlinburg offer cozy cabins in the hills, modern condos with resort-like amenities in the center of downtown, spacious homes in beautiful, quiet neighborhoods, and more. No matter where your Gatlinburg vacation takes you, you’ll feel right at home when staying at one of our convenient and affordable rentals.

Top Sights in Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of only a few national parks that doesn’t charge an admission fee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must see. With hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, historical exhibits, scenic drives, waterfalls, wildlife in its natural habitat—it’s no wonder it’s also the most visited. The park is open 24 hours a day, but some visitor centers, historic sites and campgrounds are closed in the winter.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

No trip to Gatlinburg would be complete without a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding Smoky Mountains from over 400 feet high. The Gatlinburg Space Needle has an observation deck with viewfinders and exhibits that detail the history of the area. It’s considered one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg, but there’s also a 25,000-square-foot arcade just in case heights aren’t your thing.

Big Pigeon River

Smoky Mountain Rafting on the Big Pigeon River is a wild ride you won’t soon forget. Certified guides will navigate your raft through big waves, help you maneuver around rocks, and will point out all scenery and wildlife in the area so you won’t miss a thing. You can’t escape getting soaked—but don’t worry, the Big Pigeon River is for inexperienced and experienced paddlers alike, so you’re in for a truly memorable whitewater adventure whatever your skill level.

Top Experiences in Gatlinburg

Discover a Taste for Moonshine

The Appalachian tradition of making moonshine in secret stills hidden in the hills gave Gatlinburg the rightful nickname of Moonshiner's Paradise. Get a free tasting at Sugarlands Distilling Company, famous for its hospitality and great personalities working there. Then, head over to the Ole Smoky Distillery for more free tastings and some bluegrass music.

Take an Arts and Crafts Loop

Spend a relaxing day exploring the 8-mile Arts & Crafts loop in and around Gatlinburg. Watch mountain craftspeople make authentic Appalachian brooms, baskets, and more by hand. You’ll also want to explore the galleries at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, featuring paintings, hand-blown glass, and photography from artists all around the world.

A Theme Park With Southern Charm

A short drive north from Gatlinburg is the home of one of the world’s top theme parks. A visit to Dollywood should be on every theme park enthusiast’s bucket list. Owned by country superstar Dolly Parton, the park features more than 40 rides and attractions, including the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster, the Lightning Rod. You’ll also find plenty of entertainment, live concerts, and downhome Southern food.