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You don’t have to love the great outdoors to enjoy a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, but chances are good that after one visit to this beautiful little resort town on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll forever fall in love with everything this picturesque place has to offer.
Lying on the eastern edge of the Tennessee-North Carolina border, Gatlinburg is surrounded by mountains, and once you arrive, you will understand why the town is popularly known as the “Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.”
Gatlinburg’s mountainous location makes it an especially attractive location for campers and hikers. With more than 800 miles of hiking trails winding through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, be sure to pack a good pair of boots, plenty of water, and a compass… Pick up a map from one of the visitor centers and set out on a marked hike, or just strike out on your own. But be sure to stick to the trails. With well over a half a million acres of parkland, you don’t want to wander off the beaten path! (There are bears, you know…)
Let’s say, you want to enjoy all the things nature has to offer, but sleeping in a scratchy sleeping bag on the rocky ground isn’t your thing. Then you’ll want to check into one of Gatlinburg’s two campgrounds, which offer amenities such as hot water, electricity, and cable TV. Because, after all, no one said you had to suffer in order to enjoy the beauty of nature!
While in Gatlinburg, you will want to check out the many other activities the town has to offer. Using one of the campgrounds as your home base (or, if you prefer, one of the many hotels, cabins, or chalets nearby), explore the downtown area where you’ll find tons of restaurants and shopping options, from art galleries to malls.
And, of course, no trip would be complete without a visit to Gatlinburg’s Space Needle, which has incomparable views of the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas.
You can probably already… imagine yourself relaxing in beautiful Gatlinburg, so go ahead and make plans to visit this stunning and secluded getaway today.
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