Take the less-traveled and scenic alternate routes to Gatlinburg and on your return home... It's a secret worth sharing, with your relaxation in mind! Take the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Cherokee and take a right on Highway 441 through the National Park. The views are incredible.
Of course, once you enter Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you will find it is full of amusements and is surrounded by the nation's most popular National Park. Most of the visitors have been to Gatlinburg before. Perhaps it started with their parents or grandparents, but now it's an annual tradition. If you've never been here, then it's time to start a tradition of your own!!
If you're a history buff, Gatlinburg has many places of interest for you to visit that helped make Gatlinburg what it is today. From a small mountain village to a four-season resort, Gatlinburg's unique and interesting history created what you see as Gatlinburg today.
Stop by any of our Welcome Centers and pick up one of our brochures entitled "Walking and Driving Tour of Historic Gatlinburg and Vicinity." This brochure, a project of the Gatlinburg Gateway Foundation's Heritage Marketing Action Team, provides you with both a walking and driving map. There are 17 historic sites on the walking tour and a brief description of their significance to the city. They include sites like the Pi Beta Phi settlement school, White Oak Flats Cemetery, Ogle's Cabin, the First Clinic, and the Radford Gatlin Story. The driving tour map shows 25 different historically significant sites in and around Gatlinburg and include Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, the National Park Headquarters, and the Riverside Hotel.
Within the walking community are family attractions and things to do in Gatlinburg at nearly every turn. Explore great Gatlinburg attractions at one of it's unique museums, craftsmen fair, miniature golf courses, or motion simulators, or enjoy go karts or bumper cars, Ripley's Aquarium, haunted houses, or ride the sky lift up the mountain. Everywhere you turn, you'll find plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg, TN>