Gatlinburg Named Vacation Destinations on the Rise 2012

People who have spent time vacationing in the green hills of Tennessee’s scenic Smoky Mountains may not be surprised to see Gatlinburg on TripAdvisor’s Destinations on the Rise 2012. Memphis, Tennessee; Portland, Maine; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Fort Myers, Florida were among other vacation destinations selected for recognition in the travel site’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Why Gatlinburg Made Destinations on the Rise 2012

Located at the threshold to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg makes the perfect home base for a Smoky Mountains family vacation. Convenient to many attractions available in the Wears Valley and neighboring Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Gatlinburg puts visitors in the center of outdoor activities and popular attractions.

Family-friendly Attractions and Events

The neighboring national park and surrounding area offer scenic trails and quiet roads for hiking and biking. Additionally, Dollywood’s exciting rides and family-friendly attractions sit just minutes away. Head downtown where Gatlinburg’s streets offer charming shops and art galleries that feature the work of nationally known local artists. To add to the adventure, ride to the top of the 342-foot Gatlinburg Space Needle and admire awesome views of the surrounding countryside. Or take the Ober Gatlinburg Tram to travel from downtown to the amusement park and ski area.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies provides a interesting place to while away an afternoon. Other year-round attractions include the Titanic Museum, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Smoky Mountain Winery and live shows. If visiting in the summer, tubing down local streams ranks as a must-do activity. Meanwhile, winter brings skiing, holiday festivals, special events and tons of Christmas shopping opportunities.

Nightlife for Grown-ups Only

Many may not know that Gatlinburg also showcases a hoppin’ nightlife scene with several local hangouts. For something with a kick, tour a Gatlinburg distillery, as the city has four serving local whiskey, moonshine and seasonal flavors. Wine lovers can’t miss the chance to stop by three wineries for tours and samples. To complete the experience, Smoky Mountain Brewery offers craft beer and live music. Read about the Gatlinburg nightlife scene.

Learn more about Gatlinburg and why it’s a must for any mountain lover.