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Gatlinburg, TN Area Guide

Your Guide to Gatlinburg

Located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a charming little town with broad sidewalks, colorful flowers lining the streets, and a myriad of unique restaurants, novelty shops, and attractions.

Once you get here, it’ll only take a minute for you to realize why Gatlinburg is one of the most visited vacation spots in America. Reagan Hotels offers comfortable, affordable accommodations in four hotels situated in the heart of beautiful downtown Gatlinburg. We’re close to the area's natural beauty, numerous family-friendly attractions, and an array of exciting and relaxing outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains, such as hiking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and much more. Pigeon Forge, which offers additional fun attractions and things to do, is also minutes away.

Gatlinburg Area Events

Whether you’re visiting in fall, winter, spring, or summer, there’s always something going on in Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge. From craft fairs and concerts to food festivals and holiday events, our lively city offers something fun for all ages. A few upcoming events include:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It’s no wonder that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park. With undisturbed wildlife and nature, towering mountains, and majestic waterfalls, the Smokies offer an exciting outdoor adventure for all ages. Take a scenic drive along Newfound Gap Road; have a picnic by Little Pigeon River; observe bears, birds, elk, and deer; or hike from more than 150 mountain trails covering 800 miles of pristine backcountry. A few must-see spots in the park include:

  • Ramsey Cascades — Tallest Waterfall in the Park
  • Grotto Falls — Magical Walk-Behind Waterfall
  • Mt. LeConte — Nearly 6,600 High, with the Best Sunrises & Sunsets in the Park
  • Chimney Tops — Bare Rock Summit with 360-Degree View

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Get up close and personal with more than 10,000 exotic sea creatures – comprised of more than 350 species – at Ripley’s® Aquarium of the Smokies®. Located less than a half mile from our hotels, there are numerous exhibits for you to explore, including the lush and colorful Tropical Rainforest, Indo-Pacific Coral Reef, Touch-a-Ray Bay, Penguin Playhouse, and the largest and most popular exhibit – Shark Lagoon. The Sea-For-Yourself Discovery Center is a kid’s paradise, offering unique educational programs on the ocean environment and marine life as well as hands-on exhibits with live horseshoe crabs. 

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park

Hit the slopes for a day of exhilarating fun and excitement at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park, less than a half mile from our hotels. Ober Gatlinburg offers four seasons of fun, with activities like skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, and outdoor activities, which include an alpine slide and wildlife encounter. For the best view of the Smoky Mountains, be sure to take a ride on the Aerial Tramway, which departs regularly from downtown Gatlinburg up to the summit.

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Day Trip to Pigeon Forge

A trip to Tennessee wouldn’t be complete without visiting nearby Pigeon Forge. The 5-mile Pigeon Forge Parkway is just minutes away from our Gatlinburg hotels, and is chock full of attractions to entertain every member of your family.

Dollywood

Dollywood® offers a day of fun for young and old alike. Located just 8 miles from our hotels, the park features exhilarating rides like the Wild Eagle roller coaster — the country's first "wing" coaster, and attractions like Adventure Mountain — a multi-level obstacle course with more than 100 obstacles, as well as live shows featuring blue grass performers, stunt dogs, country music singers, and a magician.

If you work up an appetite with all the excitement, there are several dining spots and snack stands inside the park from which to choose, including Aunt Granny's All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet and Hickory House BBQ. You’ll also find master craftsmen and artisans demonstrating their skills in Craftsman's Valley, including blacksmiths, glass blowers, and candle makers. Purchase these beautiful handcrafted creations to commemorate your trip.

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