By Molly M. Watson
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, surrounded on all sides by mountain vistas. This beautiful, rustic resort town offers its visitors the chance to explore the natural wonders of this breathtaking location with such sights as the Gatlinburg Space Needle and Ober Gatlinburg as well as take in a taste of the more fantastical and glamorous at the Guiness World Records Museum and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.  

Gatlinburg is most easily accessed by flying into Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), just an hour and a half away.  Visit at the link here ( to find all the information you need to book your flight.  You can also find information on an array of hotels, cabins and bed and breakfasts available for your stay in Gatlinburg.  Just click on this link ( and will find help you find the best prices for your accommodations in this scenic mountain resort.

To take in the full splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains, invites you to visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle.  The glass elevator takes you 400 feet over the town and provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding area from their observation deck.  No matter the season, these views will not fail to impress.  The Space Needle also provides entertainment options such as the Arcadia and the comedy show, Jon Dee’s Hypnotized.

Ober Gatlinburg offers more views of the surrounding mountains as well as a chance to experience them up close.  The Aerial Tramway takes you straight from downtown Gatlinburg to the Ober Gatlinburg resort and offers visitors an enjoyable alternative to driving.  Whatever the season, this resort has something for everyone.  In winter, there are nine trails open for skiing and snowboarding as well as lessons for visitors of all ages.  In the warmer months, the Alpine Slide is a fun way to enjoy the terrain both on the ski lift on the way up and on the slide on the way down.

Only five minutes outside of Gatlinburg is Dolly Parton’s amusement park, Dollywood.  Here visitors can enjoy the thrilling rides and live country and blue grass music.  The amusement park also offers a glimpse into rural east Tennessee life in the late 1800s.  From March to December Dollywood hosts a variety of five festivals showcasing music, art, and a spectacular Christmas light display, among others.  

For those interested in the bizarre, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is home to over 500 strange and unique finds from across the globe.  Ripley’s also provides a number of additional stops for the visitor in Gatlinburg.  Most notable of these is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.  Considered by some to be the best aquarium in America, Ripley’s presents attractions such as the Touch a Ray Bay, Shark Lagoon and Penguin Playhouse.  

The options available to visitors in this multi-faceted mountain town continue with the Guiness World Records Museum and Cooter’s Place - a Dukes of Hazzard Museum and store. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only minutes from Gatlinburg and everyone will find something to enjoy whether its the hiking trails, waterfalls, or historic areas such as Cades Cove.  

Whatever your interest, you’re sure to find plenty to appeal to you here. suggests that you make Gatlinburg your next travel destination and find out for yourself how much this Appalachian resort has to offer.  You’re sure to leave amazed and full of stories and experiences.  
Hotels in Gatlinburg
By Jessica Howell
DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg
705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN
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Just 30 minutes from the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport, the DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg hotel is just far enough away from town to offer the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but close enough to major highways, making your arrival and departure simple and easy.  This contemporary hotel with full-service convention center and a number of impressive amenities, makes this the perfect facility for your next business conference, convention, destination wedding or just a vacation.  If you are traveling to Gatlinburg, Tennesse, then insists that you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg hotel. 

As you arrive at the DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg hotel, you will be greeted by breathtaking, picture perfect vistas of the majestic Smokey Mountains.  Guests can choose from a mountain or city view room so you can enjoy those beautiful vistas from your own private balcony.  Upon check in you will welcomed to the DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg hotel with a warm chocolate chip cookie and the smiling faces of the attentive and friendly staff.  Check in is at 4 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m.

Everyone staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg hotel will enjoy the facilities recreational amenities.  Kids will love the outdoor playground, the winding waterslide and the multi-level indoor pool/mini-waterpark.  There are even special Family Suites featuring bunk beds to accommodate large families and groups.

Children and adults alike will enjoy delicious meals at the hotel’s restaurant, The Vista Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites.  Adults can stay in shape with the modern fitness center and everyone can stay connected with complimentary high speed internet access in all guest rooms and WiFi in all public areas.

All guest rooms feature a king or two queen beds, 42 inch flat panel cable TV, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, coffee maker and phone with voicemail. invites you to book your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg hotel.  If you would like to assist with your reservations, just click on the following link:  (