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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Unbelievable scenic drives Mountains Streams Picnic areas No services or gas stations inside park so prepare prior Great Hiking Wildlife See Elkmont Clingmans Dome Cades Cove - prepare for 4 hrs minimum and traffic Check with Us on family portrait suggestions”
  • 159 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies® is literally teeming with life – thousands of exotic sea creatures comprised of more than 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg. Although Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is hundreds of miles from the ocean, the scenic beauty and the abundance of water all around makes the town of Gatlinburg a “natural” location for a world-class aquarium, voted America’s #1 Aquarium by TripAdvisor and ranked Top Destination to see penguins by USA Today Travel! Voted Best U.S. Aquarium by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Mountain
“There are hundreds of trails to check out and the entrance to the park is only a short 15 minute drive from the cabin! Look up the trail maps prior to arrival to pick a few based on intensity level and round trip time/distance. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Place to eat
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“The Stampede is a southern, 4-course feast followed by a show featuring music, comedy, live animals & pyrotechnics. Before every show, they open the stalls for anyone to meet the horses. It's totally free and a great experience for the kids and/or horse lovers in your group.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Ski Area
“The only place around to ski and snow tube on mountains. They also have ice skating, Oktoberfest in Autumn, and a gorgeous tram ride from the Parkway to the top of the mountain. Parkway destination with a tram to take you to even more on the mountaintop. Skiing, ice skating, shopping, food & drink, tubing, and rides for the kids.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Store
“To be a part of the Arts and Crafts community most of the store inventory has to be handmade. This loop is drive able or catch the Gatlinburg trolley. A history of our area can be seen through the crafts that are made. There are little cafes and shops where you will enjoy your day!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Distillery
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“Why not stop in and do a moonshine tasting then go out into the hollar and listen to live local music. Nice way to chill and relax. Obviously the tasting is adults only. But the music can be enjoyed by all.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Ski Chairlift
“Big outdoor adventure hub with zip lines, mountain coasters, restaurants, tree-top skywalk, and more located in downtown Gatlinburg ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This a great spot for beer lovers and large groups who want to enjoy a meal in downtown Gatlinburg. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“AMAZING FOOD! ***Check in through google to avoid a long wait at the door. The cons- you have to find parking but the food is worth it!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Great food and atmosphere. Steaks are always perfect and they have a huge salad bar too! Go early, there is always a wait.”
  • 29 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Low key, more local feel restaurant. Affordable, good food with bar style setting and sometimes has live music. Family friendly in Gatlinburg area. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Little known secret.. go for lunch not breakfast! World renowned sandwiches that I would travel great lengths just to eat! Dutch diplomat sandwich is my go-to! Ask for extra cucumbers! ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“Good Mexican food, a bucking burro to ride, and a rooftop area with terrific views!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“If you can hang the 1/4 mile climb to the top the views are AMAZING! This is a must do, at least once in your lifetime. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Take a steep chairlift up to a suspended sky bridge for awesome views! This is located in the heart of Gatlinburg which is 15 min from the cabin ”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Ski Chairlift
“Big outdoor adventure hub with zip lines, mountain coasters, restaurants, tree-top skywalk, and more located in downtown Gatlinburg ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Brewery
“This a great spot for beer lovers and large groups who want to enjoy a meal in downtown Gatlinburg. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“AMAZING FOOD! ***Check in through google to avoid a long wait at the door. The cons- you have to find parking but the food is worth it!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Great food and atmosphere. Steaks are always perfect and they have a huge salad bar too! Go early, there is always a wait.”
  • 29 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Low key, more local feel restaurant. Affordable, good food with bar style setting and sometimes has live music. Family friendly in Gatlinburg area. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bakery
“Little known secret.. go for lunch not breakfast! World renowned sandwiches that I would travel great lengths just to eat! Dutch diplomat sandwich is my go-to! Ask for extra cucumbers! ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“Good Mexican food, a bucking burro to ride, and a rooftop area with terrific views!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Great place for a special occasion. Its not the least expensive place, but the price is more then fair considering the quality. Our recommendation: The boursin cheese stuffed filet...OUT OF THIS WORLD”
  • 18 locals recommend

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