Gatlinburg Named Vacation Destination to Watch

People who have spent time vacationing in the cool, green hills of Tennessee’s scenic Smoky Mountains were not surprised to see Gatlinburg pop up on Trip Advisor’s just-announced list of “10 Destinations on the Rise.” Memphis, Tennessee; Portland, Maine; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Fort Myers, Florida were among the other vacation destinations selected for recognition in the travel site’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Located at the threshold to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg makes the perfect home base for a Smoky Mountains family vacation. Convenient to the many attractions available in the Wears Valley and neighboring Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Gatlinburg puts you in the center of the area’s many outdoor activities and popular attractions. Cozy Gatlinburg cabin rentals provide an idea place for families to gather and relax in between activities.

The neighboring national park and surrounding area offer scenic trails and quiet roads for hiking and biking. The exciting rides and amusements of family-friendly Dollywood are just minutes away. The streets of Gatlinburg are lined with charming shops and wonderful art galleries that feature the work of nationally-known local artists. A ride to the top of the 342-foot high Gatlinburg Space Needle provides awesome views of the surrounding countryside. Or take the Ober Gatlinburg Tram for stunning scenic views.

Ripley’ Aquarium of the Smokies is an enchanting place to while away a gray afternoon or visit the Titanic museum, Smoky Mountain Knife Works or Smoky Mountain Winery. Families will find plenty of fun things to do from mini golf to carnival-style amusements to great live shows. If you visit in the summer, tubing down the many local streams is a must-do activity. Winter brings holiday festivals with plenty of exciting special events.

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