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One of America’s most popular national parks is waiting for you in the heart of Eastern Tennessee - Tri-staters agree that this is a favorite hot spot for fall and holiday season, or any time of year!

 

Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Family-Friendly Fun amid the Great Smoky Mountains…

…As well as odd-ball fun and amusements galore!



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Gatlinburg sits amid the Great Smoky Mountains in Eastern Tennessee, near the border of North Carolina, Glenstone Lodge is less than a mile from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of America’s most popular national parks. Here, you can hike more than 100 trails that wend past waterfalls and pioneer-era log cabins tucked deep  within the densely forested mountains. Or, take a bicycle ride on the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove, a broad valley known for its ample wildlife-viewing opportunities; deer, black bears, wild turkeys, and vacationing college mascots are known to frequent the open meadows. One of the best places to catch a glowing sunset is Clingmans Dome, the park’s highest point of elevation at 6,600 feet.

Downtown Gatlinburg is packed with attractions geared toward vacationing families. There are indoor water parks, ghost tours, and quirky museums, which include Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium, Guinness World Records Museum, and a museum showcasing more than 20,000 salt and pepper shakers.

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Positioned less than a half mile outside the Tennessee entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is an unusual gateway town full of things to do, see, and eat right on the border of mountainous wilderness.

The 
Gatlinburg Trolley runs throughout town and stops at all the major attractions, including Ripley’s Aquarium, the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, and an aerial cable-car tramway.

The trolley also veers off the beaten path to stop at the Glenstone Lodge, tucked just outside of town amid rolling hills covered with ash and hickory trees. The rustic hotel exudes backcountry charm, even with its proximity and easy access to Gatlinburg and the national park.


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