Gatlinburg is the "Gateway to the Smokies," a mountain town at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the town has become more popular (this is the most-visited national park in the country) it has developed a reputation for vacation kitsch. Certainly, there’s a ton of it in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg’s neighbor to the north. There's no shortage of old-time photo booths and believe-it-or-not attractions here either, but you can balance the man-made fun by exploring Mother Nature’s bounty. The Parkway is the main drag through town, while many of the best attractions require you to go up into the mountains—and Gatlinburg has fun ways to make that happen. Take a look at our guide to the best things to do in Gatlinburg to learn about them all.
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