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Fasten your seatbelts as you set off on a historic downtown Gatlinburg adventure. Just on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s no surprise that this quaint city is popular among tourists and sees around one million visitors each year. Gatlinburg is undoubtedly home to the best attractions in the Smoky Mountains. Not only can guests delight in popular attractions, fine dining, and the best shops in the southeast, but the relaxing scent of pine needles and crisp, mountain air make downtown Gatlinburg one of the main highlights of this Smoky Mountain vacation.

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Explore Downtown Gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg has a diversity of attractions with something unique to discover on every street corner. See great sights, explore underwater life, indulge in fine Tennessean liquor and appreciate the simplicity of the Great Smoky Mountains.


The Gatlinburg Space Needle an Attraction Not to Miss

The Space Needle is Gatlinburg’s leading attraction and is best known for its 407’ observation deck. This provides panoramic views of not only downtown Gatlinburg, but the breathtaking Smokies. While downtown Gatlinburg may be bustling below, you can experience complete serenity on top of the Space Needle.


Ripley’s Aquarium

America’s most visited aquarium, Ripley’s, is a home to every imaginable aquatic species known to man. From exotic fish to killer stingrays, learn about all of the species that inhabit the ocean. Don’t forget to stop by the shark exhibit. As you walk through a clear tunnel surrounded by water, beautiful, blue sharks swim around you. The shark exhibit is just one of the many magical experiences at Ripley’s Aquarium that allows you to get up close and personal with some of the most mysterious creatures of the ocean.


Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

With the longstanding title as the moonshine capital of the world; explore one of East Tennessee’s favorite distilleries, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. Take a tour of the long-established family distillery uncovering the art, science and family secrets behind how good liquor is made. Indulge in samples of fine moonshine. It’s so good you might consider taking home a jar or two.

Dine in One of Gatlinburg’s Tasty Eateries

Whether you want to experience traditional southeast cuisine or something international, downtown Gatlinburg is home to some of the southeast’s favorite restaurants offering something for every palette.


For the Carnivorous

If you’re a meat lover, you’ve come to the right place. Try one of The Peddler’s juicy steaks and fresh salads that will satisfy even the biggest appetites. Bennett’s BBQ ideal for light bites and meals is famous for their barbeque including home cooked ribs and pulled pork. Smoky Mountain Trout House proudly serves the finest trout, always cooked to perfection and straight from the Pristine waters of the Smoky Mountains.


Other Restaurants

You don’t have to be a meat lover to enjoy Gatlinburg cuisine. The Pancake Pantry has been a Gatlinburg tradition since the 60’s and if anyone knows how to make Tennessee’s best pancakes, it’s the Pancake Pantry, the first pancake house in the state of Tennessee. You can even find a little taste of Italy in Gatlinburg. Flying Saucer Italian Bistro is an authentic pizzeria where you can enjoy your pizza by the slice or by the pie.