At the foot of Mount LeConte and the head of the Pigeon River, is the quaint mountain town of Gatlinburg. The city has over 40,000 guest accommodations ranging from national chains, to rustic inns or ski lodges. It is host to the Dulcimer Harp Festival, the Craftsmen Fairs, the Scottish Festival and Games (www.gsfg.org), the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage (www.springwildflowerpilgramage.org), and the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre (www.sweetfannyadams.com) which presents musical comedies, Gay 90s revue and old time sing-a-longs from April to November.
While in Gatlinburg, you can visit the craft shops along Main Street or head east on Highway 321 on Glades Road where you will find mountain handicrafts like brooms, candles, candies, pottery and furniture. For an incredible view of the Smokies, dont miss the Gatlinburg Space Needle. The Needle is a glass enclosed elevator which takes you to a 342 foot high observation deck. For a more open view of the Smokies, visit the Sky Lift on Highway 441, where you can ride a double chair lift up Crocket Mountain. When you reach the 2,300 foot summit, you can see for miles around from the observation deck or grab a bite to eat at the snack bar.
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Ober Gatlinburg-ALL Seasons Resort
No matter what time of year you visit Gatlinburg, you can always find something fun at the Ober-Gatlinburg Resort. For indoor action, you can play miniature golf, go ice skating, or spend some time playing at the arcade and during the winter months, there is snow skiing. Summertime brings a new set of attractions. You can ride go-karts, visit a black bear habitat, express yourself in the arts and crafts area, ride the Alpine Slide and other water slides, and especially for children, there is a kiddie land with rides and a play area.
The Ober-Gatlinburg also has a number of eateries, as well as a fudge shop and a souvenir shop.
Aerial Tramway picture by Hagerman
Gatlinburg at night and street shot by Old Shoe Woman