Visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee: the ultimate gateway to the Smokies
Find out why Gatlinburg lives up to its hype
Better known as the ‘Gateway to the Smokies’ to both locals and visitors because of its ideal location at the edge of the Great Smoke Mountains, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is an ideal getaway destination for couples, families and even solo travelers. There’s nothing that the area doesn’t offer for guests, especially when it comes to extensive hiking trails, great views and an unforgettable misty blue landscape that will make your social media followers green with travel envy.
Small town life, big-time promises
What makes Gatlinburg so special is that it truly does embody everything that you would expect from small-town life. But at the same time, it’s also home to a plethora of activities for guests of all ages, a growing food scene and of course, a fascinating history.
Simply put, Gatlinburg is known for so many different things but mostly for the beautiful scenery that you can’t get anywhere else. Nestled in between the mountains and a comfortable drive from both Nashville and Atlanta, the area sees millions of tourists each year, but new and returning. As a matter of fact, almost every person who visits the town is very likely to say that they will come back sooner rather than later.
The picture-perfect town to visit during any season
Now, as far as when is the best time to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, there are many different options. The peak seasons are of course during the summer months and during the month of October when the fall foliage is at its peak. If you do plan on going during the summer, keep in mind that July will be heavy with traffic as families from all around the country will visit this picture-perfect town to make great unforgettable family memories for years to come.
Another great reason to visit Gatlinburg is that unlike other cities in the U.S., it’s a rather affordable destination for middle-class families and budget travelers. According to those in the know, many guests spend an average of around $150 a day while in the area, while food cost is around $70. The average hotel price for a couple is about $130.
Reubans, donuts, garlic knots and more
Now, we can’t talk about Gatlinburg without mentioning the area’s incredible and thriving food scene. After all, foodie tourism has rapidly grown thanks to social media and guests looking to share all of the incredible meals they find while out on the road. If you find that your pants might be fitting a little tighter on your last day in Gatlinburg, don’t say that we didn’t tell you so.
Some of your best bets can be the mouth-watering Reuban from the Hofbrauhaus Restaurant (which is located on the second floor above The Cheese Cupboard. The garlic knots at Best Italian Café and Pizzeria is a local secret (until now).
And for those who have a sweet tooth that they are looking to satisfy, you can try either the Cinnamon Cake Donut (which tastes just as delicious as it sounds) at The Donut Friar or the world-famous chocolate chip pancakes at – you guessed it – The Pancake Restaurant.
Now, even if you do end up taking in a few more calorific treats than expected, there’s no need to worry. With all of the hiking that you will do in Gatlinburg, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to burn it off in no time. Gatlinburg is not just a great place to visit, but also a great destination to keep active, too.
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