A small, mountain town lovingly nestled by the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is the perfect combination of tourist and tradition, natural and man-made attractions. The city promises the simple goodness of small-town life and some of the most amazing attractions from the wonderful Ripley's museums and aquarium to the natural landscapes that are second to none.
Ripley’s holds a corner on Gatlinburg's entertainment market with its fascinating Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror, Maze, and Candy Factory. Ripley's Aquarium is among the best in the country with interactive displays, amazing animals, and special programs that set it apart from the rest. Aside from Ripley's attractions, Gatlinburg has its own Space Needle and observation deck overlooking the surrounding mountains, a haunted Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg, and Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area among others.
While you're in Tennessee, you can't miss out on the natural landscapes of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the top national parks in the country, the Smoky Mountains offer breathtaking views and nature experiences from hiking to fishing in the rivers and streams, viewing natural wildlife roaming the woods, camping, or discovering historic buildings among the trees.
This page also features attractions from Pigeon Forge, a town just 15 miles from Gatlinburg that is filled with just as many fun recreation options.