Filled with endless activities, shows, restaurants, and of course, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s no wonder Gatlinburg is such a popular vacation destination. While visiting Gatlinburg will provide you with lifelong travel memories, there are a few things you need to know before you go.


Gatlinburg Has Something for Everyone

Whether you’re on your honeymoon or traveling to the Smoky Mountains for a vacation with the kids, everyone will love spending time in Gatlinburg. Be sure to enjoy one or more of these iconic activities and attractions while visiting Gatlinburg:

Outdoor Activities in Gatlinburg

If you love the great outdoors, then a vacation in Gatlinburg is exactly what you need. When planning your Smoky Mountains vacation, make sure these outdoor activities are part of your plans:


Of course, this is only a handful of the exciting outdoor adventures that await you in Gatlinburg!

Shopping in Gatlinburg

Those visiting Gatlinburg for the first time need to take advantage of the prime shopping opportunities. Browse through these shopping malls during your trip to the Smokies:


If you’re looking for a handcrafted gift or work of art, head over to the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community where you’ll find shops such as:


Gatlinburg Attractions

When visiting Gatlinburg, there are specific attractions that you must experience in order to have a true Smoky Mountain vacation. In addition to exploring the magnificent national park, make sure these top-rated Gatlinburg attractions are part of your itinerary:


Whether you want to see the Gatlinburg landscape from high in the sky or your children want to play mini golf, there’s something for everyone in Gatlinburg.

Shows in Gatlinburg

Lastly, you have to reserve seats for one of the many jaw-dropping shows. From the mesmerizing production quality to the side-splitting humor, the shows in Gatlinburg and just next door in Pigeon Forge are a must-see. Get your tickets for one of these phenomenal shows:


From the great outdoors to show-stopping performances, Gatlinburg has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.


Where to Stay in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg offers visitors a wide range of lodging options. Visiting Gatlinburg is a breeze when you stay at one of the many hotels, cabins, resorts, or camping sites.

The hotels in Gatlinburg are second to none. With luxurious amenities and comfortable rooms, every type of traveler will enjoy staying at one of these top hotels:


For those who want a more laid-back vacation when visiting Gatlinburg, consider staying at one of the premium cabins available. Cozy cabins are located all over the Smoky Mountain region, so you can find one near the specific attractions and activities you’d like to experience. Reserve a cabin for your family with one of these cabin companies in Gatlinburg:


Perhaps you prefer the all-inclusive route when on vacation. The Smoky Mountain region offers several different resorts to choose from, including the Resort at Governor’s Crossing and RiverStone Resort and Spa.

Of course, if you want to rough it in the wilderness, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers plenty of campsites. Follow all rules, regulations, and guidelines laid out by Park Rangers and the National Park Service. Also, be on the lookout for wild animals such as bears. Should you choose to go camping when visiting Gatlinburg, make sure you understand what to do if you encounter a bear!


Where to Eat in Gatlinburg

Now to the most important part of any vacation — the food. Gatlinburg is home to a wide assortment of restaurants, distilleries, breweries, cafes and so much more. Trust me, you won’t regret visiting or dining at any of Gatlinburg’s top food and drink spots:


From a home cooked meal to sampling moonshine, you won’t be disappointed with the food choices when visiting Gatlinburg on vacation!

Visiting Gatlinburg

Tips for Visiting Gatlinburg for the First Time

Once you know what to do, where to stay, and where to eat, it’s time to answer your Gatlinburg vacation questions

When Should I Visit?
As you might have guessed, the Gatlinburg area can become extremely congested during the peak seasons, which are:

  • Early January
  • June through August
  • October
  • December


For fewer crowds, visiting Gatlinburg during the months of February, March, April, May, September, and November is your best bet.

How Bad is the Traffic?
Brace yourself for the infamous Gatlinburg traffic. No matter when you decide to travel to Gatlinburg, you will encounter traffic. One way to avoid this is to utilize the Gatlinburg Trolley. Not only is it a great way to see the area, it also eliminates parking fees and pesky traffic.

Also, driving through Gatlinburg at off-peak times of the day will help you combat traffic. Try driving in the middle of the morning or afternoon, rather than at typical rush hour times.

What Should I Pack?
The Gatlinburg area experiences all four seasons, so pack accordingly! Even if you plan on visiting Gatlinburg in the summer, you’ll want to have a sweatshirt or two on hand. It tends to be chilly during the evening and early mornings in the mountains.

In addition, don’t forget to bring:

  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Boots
  • A Swim Suit
  • A Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing


Will Visiting Gatlinburg Break the Bank?
With so many activities, attractions, and shows, it may feel as though visiting Gatlinburg will break your vacation budget. Not true! Thanks to discounted tickets and lodging rates at Reserve Gatlinburg, and free activities such as hiking in the Smoky Mountains, visiting Gatlinburg is incredibly affordable.

Now that you know everything about visiting Gatlinburg for the first time, start planning your vacation!

Are you one of the many people who’ve set their sights on a vacation in Gatlinburg? Millions of visitors flock to this mountain hamlet to explore The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, quirky downtown Gatlinburg and neighboring towns such as Pigeon Forge. If you’re short on time, though, and only have a weekend in Gatlinburg, I’m here to help.

Follow this guide touting what to do and where to go for a memorable weekend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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Day 1

Explore the National Park

My absolute favorite thing to do in the Smoky Mountains? Explore the great Outdoors. With the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Gatlinburg’s doorstep, it’s a prime location for doing just that.

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Breakfast: Start your day with breakfast Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. This restaurant serves hearty portions sure to fuel your day of activity.

I recommend stopping by the Sugarlands Visitor Center to pick up any hiking maps and auto-tour guides (and maybe a souvenir or two!). Afterwards, it’s time to begin exploring.

Auto-Touring: At over 800 square miles, there’s a lot of ground to cover in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Accordingly, auto-touring is one of the best ways to see the sights. There are plenty of overlooks to stop at, providing pristine views of the park. Below are a few of the most popular auto-touring routes.

  • Cades Cove Loop Road
  • Cataloochee Valley
  • Newfound Gap Road
  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail


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Lunch: While you’re out exploring the National Park, there aren’t many places to stop for a bite to eat. I recommend picking up a to-go lunch so you’re not lost in the woods without a snack. Calhoun’s Restaurant will box up barbeque to-go. Alternatively, you can also stop by the local grocery for sandwich fixings, or hit up Subway.

Hiking: So many trails, so little time. This is always my struggle while at the National Park, as I want to do it all. When you only have a weekend in Gatlinburg, I’m sure you’ll think the struggle is real too. So, to make the most of your time I’ve highlighted a few of the most rewarding hikes in the Smoky Mountains.


Dinner: After a busy day of exploring, your belly will be rumbling. Treat yourself to one of the finest dinners in Gatlinburg at the Peddler Steakhouse. The food is superb, and the scenery is sublime.

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Day 2

Experience Gatlinburg Attractions

On day 2 of your weekend in Gatlinburg, it’s time to experience some of Gatlinburg’s best attractions.

Breakfast: A visit to Gatlinburg isn’t complete without a pancake pit stop. For breakfast, dine at the Pancake Pantry. Just be prepared for a wait, as this place is very popular.

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Horseback Riding: Sugarlands Riding Stables hosts guided trail rides through the Smoky Mountains, which is a unique way to see the sights just like the early settlers did.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift: For a bird-eye-view of the scenery, take an open air chair lift ride with Gatlinburg Sky Lift. As you ascend 1,800 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain, you’ll gain access to some of the most breathtaking views of Downtown Gatlinburg.

Lunch: For a quick and delicious lunch, you can’t beat the Smoky Mountain Brewery. From calzones to burgers, this Alpine lodge-style eatery will win your taste buds over. Likewise, if you didn’t pick up a to-go lunch from Calhoun’s the day before, you should stop in for lunch today.

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Ripley’s Aquarium: Home to a variety of exhibits exploring life under the sea, families can spend hours viewing tropical fish, coral reefs and interactive displays. There’s even penguins living here!

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster: Up next is a ride aboard the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. Relatively new to the Gatlinburg attraction scene, this mountain coaster puts you in the driver seat—literally. You control how fast you go on this silent track, which twists and turns through scenic forests and wilderness.

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Dinner: Loco Burro is a lively place to eat at night, especially if you can score a table on the rooftop. Twinkling lights, fire pits, live music and views of the Parkway set the scene. Of course, the large portions of fresh Mex and strong margaritas are a big draw too!

After dinner, be sure to visit a distillery or two for samples of moonshine. Ole Smoky Moonshine and Sugarlands Distillery serve some of the finest ‘shine this side of the Mississippi! Then, finish the night by going to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. From it’s vantage point, the entire hamlet of Gatlinburg twinkles.

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Day 3

If you’re lucky enough to have a 3 day weekend in Gatlinburg, it’s worth taking some time to hop over to nearby Pigeon Forge. The towns, while similar, offer different ways to experience Appalachian culture. Highlights of Pigeon Forge include:

The Island: Home to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, Margaritaville, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and over 30 other rides and attractions.

Dollywood: A family-friendly theme park with over 40 rides and attractions.

The Old Mill: A fully operational 1830s grist mill anchors the Old Mill, which is home to multiple shops and a one-of-a-kind homestyle restaurant.


Where to Stay

During your weekend in Gatlinburg, I recommend staying near the Parkway. This way, you’ll never be far from all the fun! Below are some of the best places to stay in Downtown Gatlinburg.

  • Bearskin Lodge on the River
  • Old Creek Lodge
  • Hilton Garden Inn

Get Ready for a Wonderful Weekend in Gatlinburg

With this helpful guide detailing what to see and do in Gatlinburg, you’re ready for an action-packed weekend in Gatlinburg. Be sure to check out our events calendar to take advantage of seasonal events and festivities. You never know what might be brewing in the Smokies!

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Autumn is one of the most scenic times of year to hike in the Smoky Mountains.  The bright colors of fall are painted across mountains and valleys, creating a setting that beckons one to explore.  With over 500,000 acres comprising the Great Smoky Mountains National Park choosing where to hike and sight see can be a bit overwhelming.  Use this helpful list of the best fall hikes in the Smoky Mountains to get a head start on your journey.

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Best Smoky Mountain Hikes to See Fall Foliage

Albright Grove Loop Trail
Trail Location – Cosby
Distance – 7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty – Strenuous

An excellent example of a hardwood forest, Albright Grove is one of the most diverse forests in America. Hiking here during the fall offers a rich blend of different colors and foliage. Plus, come of the oldest and tallest trees in the Smokies are found along the way.

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Alum Cave Trail
Trail Location – Gatlinburg
Distance – 5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty – Moderately Strenuous

Hikes in the Smoky Mountains don’t get much better than Alum Cave Trail. With an elevation of almost 5,000 feet, Alum Cave Trail offers outstanding views of the Smoky Mountains. Sweeping views of Little Duck Hawk Ridge to the west and Myrtle Point to the Northeast give hikers quite the reward.

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View from the Appalchian Trail

Appalachian Trail
Trail Location – Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap Road
Distance – Varies
Difficulty – Moderate

I recommend hiking the 7.5 mile section of the Appalachian Trail located from Clingman’s Dome to Newfound Gap.  Canvassed with color, the peaks and valleys you pass through are a true highlight this time of year.

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a favorite route for fall color

Baskins Creek Falls
Trail Location – Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Distance – 3 miles roundtrip
Difficulty – Easy

Hike to Baskins Creek Falls to enjoy a canopy of fall foliage complemented by a two-tiered, 40 foot waterfall.

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The Little River Trail follows the river of the same name: By Brian Stansberry via Wikimedia Commons

Little River Trail
Trail location – Elkmont
Distance – 4.9 miles roundtrip
Difficulty – Moderate

History and outdoor beauty combine at the Little River Trail. The entire length of the trail hugs a river of the same name, with a slow elevation gain making it an easy climb.

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Mount Sterling, looking south from the Mount Cammerer lookout: By Brian Stansberry via Wikimedia Commons

Mt. Cammerer
Trail Location – Cosby
Distance – 12 miles roundtrip
Difficulty – Strenuous

If you’re up for a challenge the 12 mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Mt. Cammerer is a fantastic fall hike. The summit offers exceptional views of peaks and valleys; Some say they’re the best in the National Park.

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Mountain ridges glow with autumn color, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mt. LeConte
Trail Location – Newfound Gap Road
Distance – 11 miles roundtrip
Difficulty – Strenuous

Mt. LeConte rises 6,593 feet, making it the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains. The reward at the top are endless views. In addition, the hike can be combined with Alum Cave so you get two experiences in one.

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A walk through the woods doesn’t get prettier than this!

Old Settlers Trail
Trail Location – Greenbrier
Distance – 17 miles one way
Difficulty – Moderate

Old homesteads and a diverse collection of flora and fauna make the Old Settlers Trail a unique fall hike.

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An old homestead on Porters Creek Trail: Robyn Barbee Malone/Facebook

Porters Creek Trail
Trail Location – Greenbrier
Distance – 4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty – Moderate

A variety of scenery, including historic sites, waterfalls and a meandering stream, create an easy yet rewarding Smoky Mountain hike.


Even driving to the best hikes in the Smoky Mountains is beautiful

Sugarland Mountain Trail
Trail Location – Clingmans Dome Road
Distance – 7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty – Moderate

The Sugarland Mountain Trail follows the ridge between Clingmans Dome and Little River Road. Peaceful and pristine, the forest here features a wonderful walk through the bright leaves of fall.

The Mountains are Calling

Get outside this autumn and see the splendor of Mother Nature.  The entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just minutes away from Gatlinburg, so you can easily access the best fall hikes in the Smoky Mountains.

Be sure to headquarter yourself inGatlinburg, Tennessee for easy access to all trails.  River Terrace Resort, Glenstone Lodge, Old Creek Lodge and Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort are a few nearby lodging options.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

If you’re looking to get away for Labor Day, consider the Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. These two beautiful cities are tucked into the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each offers an exciting mix of indoor and outdoor activities. With a splendid selection of shopping, shows, attractions and outdoor adventures, a quick trip to the Smokies is the perfect way to enjoy your time away from work. Find out all that you can do during a Gatlinburg Labor Day Weekend.

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See a Show

When you first arrive in Tennessee, you’ll notice the rolling mountains and blue skies that go on forever. You’ll also notice several signs pointing your way to shows like the Dixie Stampede, Country Tonite and Smoky Mountain Opry. Shows in Pigeon Forge are very popular, and with good reason. Whether you enjoy dinner and a show, a little bit of rock ‘n roll or a bit of country, there is a show to fit your style.

Experience Smoky Mountain Attractions


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Attractions in Pigeon Forge offer a mix of fast paced excitement and interesting exhibits. For those looking for speed this Labor Day, visit Lazerport Funcenter, NASCAR Speedpark and Speed Zone Go-Kart Tracks. A more leisurely way to experience the area is by visiting Scenic Helicopter Tours. This Pigeon Forge attraction takes visitors up, up and away. Soar above the clouds to beautiful areas such as Douglas Lake and the Foothills.

Gatlinburg is home to a myriad of Ripley’s Attractions. The full line-up includes Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Aquarium and Ripley’s Moving Theater. These exceptional attractions offer a little bit of something for everyone, and something no one will want to miss. Other things to do in Gatlinburg include playing a round of golf at Bent Creek Golf Course and a thrilling white water rafting adventure, courtesy of companies like Smoky Mountain Outdoors and Rafting in the Smokies.

Explore the Great Outdoors

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Clingman’s Dome

With the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you’ll certainly want to explore your beautiful surroundings. Several outdoor activities and scenic spots are at your doorstep. Some of my favorite spots are Clingman’s Dome, Laurel Falls, Newfound Gap Overlook, Cades Cove and Grotto Falls. You can also go horseback riding in the Smokies and visit historic homesteads and mills.

Sleep Sweet

Of course, when you getaway for a Gatlinburg Labor Day it’s important to have a nice place to stay. With two great cities so close together, you’ll have your options wide open. Lodging in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg provide quality yet affordable facilities. There are motels, hotels, cabins and condominiums to choose from. RiverStone Resort, Park Place Condominiums, Old Creek Lodge and Quality Inn are just a few of the places to stay in the Smokies.

This Labor Day Weekend, treat your self to something a little bit country and a little bit city. With such a great combination of activities to choose from, you’ll be glad you visited the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains for your Labor Day Getaway!

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

When you travel to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park you want to stay close to the mountains. That’s why reserving from our selection of hotels in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the perfect start to your vacation plans. Downtown Gatlinburg hotels place you in the heart of things to do in the quaint town, while also providing easy access to outdoor sights in the nearby national park.

There are several hotels to choose from, but these are some of the hotels in Downtown Gatlinburg we recommend:

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Bearskin Lodge promises the best that nature has to offer in Gatlinburg with its unique mountain charm located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy a relaxing float on the lazy river or a dip in the swimming pool that looks upon Mount LeConte. Features include fitness facility, free breakfast, gift shop, free Internet access, meeting facilities, and non-smoking rooms.

Old_Creek_Lodge_(001)Old Creek Lodge

Old Creek Lodge is located in Gatlinburg on a cool mountain stream where every room has a balcony over the water. It’s just a short walk to the many attractions including Ober Gatlinburg Tramway & Ski Resort and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Features include 24-hour front desk, express checkout, outside corridors, free breakfast, free Internet access, outdoor pool, and non-smoking rooms.

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Gatlinburg-Smoky Mountain is located in Gatlinburg’s Sugarlands Visitor Center Great Smoky neighborhood. Recreational amenities include an indoor & outdoor pool, spa tub, and fitness facility. All rooms feature fireplaces, washers/dryers, kitchens with stovetops, microwaves, refrigerators, and bathrooms with jetted bathtubs and hair dryers.

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River Terrace Resort and Convention Center is located along Little Pigeon River in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. On site amenities include two heated outdoor pools, picnic areas, Gatlin-Burger Grill, Duck Blind Lounge, pool table, fitness center, and motor coach parking. The Convention Center features 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including ballroom, breakout rooms & conference center.

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Park Place is surrounded by mountain views and all units line the banks of the rushing Little Pigeon River as it flows out of the Great Smoky Mountains. It is steps away from charming downtown shops, restaurants and attractions of Gatlinburg. It offers express checkout, fitness facilities, guest laundry, health spa/massage, hot tub, free Internet access, meeting facilities, and outdoor pool.

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Located in downtown Gatlinburg, Olde Gatlinburg Place offers all the comforts of home in well-appointed one and two bedroom condominiums. Within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Mynatt Park. Features include guest laundry, free Internet access, meeting facilities, smoking and non-smoking rooms, outdoor pool, and outdoor corridors.

Book any of these fine hotels in Downtown Gatlinburg today and enjoy comfort and convenience at the guaranteed lowest rate online.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Located along a meandering creek in downtown Gatlinburg, Old Creek Lodge is a rustic retreat featuring cozy yet spacious accommodations. The lodge really brings home the feel of mountain living, as every room is outfitted with a balcony over the water as well as a flagstone rock gas fireplace. Plus, the property’s location makes it easy to walk to all of Gatlinburg’s shops, eateries and attractions, including Ripley’s Aquarium, and provides easy access to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

A stay at Old Creek Lodge Gatlinburg is a very pleasant one. The main room type available is a Spa Queen Room. It is equipped with every amenity one needs while on vacation, including a microwave and fridge, and upgrades like a walk-in tile shower, granite counters, flat screen TVs and fine linens. The beds are very comfortable and the two-person whirlpool is the perfect way to relax after a day of exploring the Smoky Mountains. Rooms are decorated with earth tones and log furniture, and have a plush leather chair with ottoman as well as desk. Everything feels very new and in excellent condition. Size-wise, the Spa Two Queen Room is spacious and seems larger than your everyday hotel room.

A heated pool is also available for guest enjoyment. Although somewhat small, it is certainly sufficient for a swim. You can also fill up in the morning on the property’s deluxe continental breakfast, and keep connected 24/7 as there is free Wi-Fi available throughout the property. Riding the trolley around town is also an easy way to get around, and Old Creek Lodge is located on a trolley route for your convenience.

I would recommend at stay at Old Creek Lodge to anyone looking for a true Smoky Mountain experience. When you vacation in Gatlinburg, stay in mountain style without losing the comforts of an upscale property. It’s all available at Old Creek Lodge Gatlinburg TN.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

When you’re on vacation you still want to be connected.  At Gatlinburg hotels with free internet service you can easily access your email, check your flight status or confirm any last minute tickets you might want to purchase through Reserve Gatlinburg.  A large majority of Gatlinburg hotels offer free internet service so it’s a breeze finding one that fits your vacation needs. 

A few of the Gatlinburg TN hotels with free internet service we recommend include:


Bearskin Lodge on the River

Bearskin Lodge on the River
Bearskin Lodge promises the best that nature has to offer in Gatlinburg with its unique mountain charm located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Bearskin Lodge you’ll find state-of-the-art amenities among its traditional mountain craft decor and massive log beams. Downtown Gatlinburg shops, restaurants, and attractions are just outside your door.

Glenstone Lodge
Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Glenstone Lodge features a great location, phenomenal views, and abundant amenities. The Glenstone Lodge is set in the heart of Gatlinburg, within walking distance of all of the best Gatlinburg attractions, shops, and restaurants. Glenstone Lodge is also located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which features swimming holes, hiking trails, and even a Historic Motor Nature Trail.


Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg North

Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg North
Always fresh, always clean, the Fairfield Inn guest rooms are full of thoughtful amenities, including a well-lit desk, remote control TV with free cable, and complimentary weekday newspaper. Relax while splashing in a refreshing swimming pool.  You’ll find that fun and excitement are right at your doorstep, with Davy Crockett Mini-Golf located in the shadow of the Inn.

Highlands Condominium
The Highlands Condominium has the very best view and location with easy access to Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pigeon Forge. Each condominium has a complete kitchen with fireplace and private balcony with an excellent view! There are two pools on site, one indoor and one outdoor, hot tub and an exercise room. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.

Old Creek Lodge
Old Creek Lodge has all the amenities you expect and some you wouldn’t! You’ll find a fireplace in every room, remember this is the mountains. Take a dip in the pool and you’ll think you’re in a mountain stream – it’s so close. Enjoy your breakfast from our deck over looking where two streams meet at our property. We offer plenty of free parking for your convenience. Old Creek Lodge in Gatlinburg will be one of your favorites.

Park Place Condominiums

Park Place Condominiums

Park Place Condominiums
Park Place is a natural choice for the perfect vacation. Surrounded by lush hardwoods, firs and mountain views, all units line the banks of the rushing Little Pigeon River as it flows out of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park Place is literally steps away from both the quiet solitude of the National Park and charming downtown shops, restaurants and attractions of Gatlinburg.

River Terrace Resort
River Terrace Resort and Convention Center is located along Little Pigeon River in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, adjacent to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition, River Terrace Resort is only a short drive from Pigeon Forge, Dollywood theme park, live entertainment venues, family-friendly restaurants, shopping opportunities and other area attractions, as well as hiking trails, championship golf, whitewater rafting and more.

Stay connected while on vacation and receive the guaranteed lowest rate available by reserving your stay today.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Have you made plans for the 4th of July yet?  If not, there’s still time to vacation in Gatlinburg where you can enjoy one of the Southeast’s finest Independence Day celebrations.  For the 38th annual year, Gatlinburg kicks off America’s 4th of July celebration with the nation’s first parade, which takes place at 12am on Wednesday, July 4th. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend. 

In addition to the parade, there is a River Raft Regatta and “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale scheduled on July 4th.  The River Raft Regatta is scheduled for noon on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg.  Anything floatable can be entered in the race.  The starting point is at the Christ in the Smokies Bridge on River Road.  Prizes will be awarded in categories such as Hand-made Decorated, Floatable Object (no creativity), Small Entry (pill bottle sized) and Oldest Entry, among others.  At 10pm, the “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale lights up the mountain skyline of Downtown Gatlinburg.
One of the best ways to enjoy the Independence Day festivities in Gatlinburg is by renting a downtown Gatlinburg hotel.  This way, you can walk to many of the events as well as have easy viewing access for the fireworks display.  There are a variety of lodging options available.  We recommend staying at Old Creek Lodge, Mountain Vista Luxury Rentals, Brookside Resort and Park Place Condominiums.  All of these properties offer affordable rates and a great location your Gatlinburg vacation.

Summer visitors are in for a treat in Gatlinburg as Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns to celebrate Smoky Mountain heritage.  From June 15 through August 11, visitors will be able to enjoy street performances featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as the 1800s. The event highlights the walkability of downtown Gatlinburg and provides guests with interactive, educational and entertaining experiences.

The performers get started nightly at 6pm in the center of town and perform until 11pm. As many as 14 nightly acts perform throughout the evening. The rotating cast of 20 acts includes storytellers, musicians and crafters who share their stories and skills. The Back Porch Cloggers, a group who performs clogging Appalachian-style, will also perform during Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales in Gatlinburg.
Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear makes special appearances during the event, as do Hammer and Strings, a dulcimer duo, the Gatlinburg Barber Shop Boys, with their five-part harmonies, and The Pea Pickin’ Hearts, with their 1930s and 1940s sound.
Bluegrass bands also perform, playing favorite bluegrass standards. A few of the bands set to perform include Steve Brown & Hurricane Ridge, The Holloway Sisters, Southern Skye and Flickertail Hollow. All performances are free!  Traditional mountain music will also be performed by Booger Town Gap, Rattlesnake Hollow, Earl & Pearl, and the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. 
Ready to vacation in Gatlinburg?  There are plenty of attractions and places to stay in the Smokies. Some of the  best downtown Gatlinburg hotels are Old Creek Lodge and Bearskin Lodge on the River and if you’re looking for a condominium, check out Mountain Vista Luxury Rentals

There’s still time to enjoy Gatlinburg Winter Magic, a festive event showcasing the best of the holiday season.

One of the most popular ways to see the beauty of Gatlinburg during Winter Magic is to hop aboard the Trolley Tour of Lights.  For only $5, guests can enjoy a guided tour, in a heated trolley, of the area’s dazzling light displays.  It’s an affordable way to enjoy the holiday season, before the New Year arrives and the magic of the holidays become memories.   

While you visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee take in some other Gatlinburg attractions, such as Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and WonderWorks.  These two attractions are fun for families as they appeal to all ages and provide several hours of educational fun, perfect for cold days best spent inside.  Of course, the best attraction in Gatlinburg is the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains, which should certainly be a part of your visit.  Even if it’s too chilly outside to hike, be sure to take an auto tour of the area.  Bring a camera as there are many great photo opportunities.

Choosing a place to stay in Gatlinburg is easy too, as there are a variety of choices available.  Mountain Vista Condos, Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg North and Old Creek Lodge are three Gatlinburg lodging options that are highly recommended.