Natural Wonders of Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg is nestled in the Valley of
Little Pigeon River's West Fork and surrounded on three sides by the
National Park. Gatlinburg offers a down home atmosphere where
everyone gathers for the simple goodness of small town living and
appreciate nature's beauty. Adjacent to Gatlinburg is Great Smoky
Mountains National Park, with over nine million visitors annually.
Turning Gatlinburg into a mountain resort destination offering
numerous accommodation choices including cabins, hotels and
bed and breakfast. The Smoky Mountains are heavily forested
with over 200 species of trees creating a dense, humid
atmosphere with a smoky mist in the air. Add the spectacular
view of the Smoky Mountains and see why many visitors are seeking
Gatlinburg's scenic beauty of The Smoky
Mountains, cascading waterfalls, rolling streams and the
forest creates the perfect setting for a romantic wedding.
Gatlinburg is known as the wedding Capital of the South, with over
twenty chapels including the traditional white chapel or the log
chapel. Some couples may choose something more simple such as
an outdoor wedding, offering all of nature's natural beauty for the
perfect setting. If you are looking for privacy some couples
choose to get married in the honeymoon cabin or chalet both offering
the true mountain setting.
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National Parks Near Gatlinburg
Experience Fall foliage in the Great Smoky
National Park from mid September thru mid November. Autumn is a
wonderful time when the changing leaves are enjoyed by travelers
from all over. Experience the changing colors traveling from the
mountain tops to the foothills With such diversity of trees
consisting of over 100 native trees to the Smoky Mountains
mostly deciduous. Enjoy these vibrant colors as you travel along the
roads or hiking on one of the numerous trails.
Weather you are driving or riding a motorcycle
you should experience a trip on The Blue Ridge Parkway. Known for
America's favorite drive, running North and South (leads to the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Offers outstanding scenery
winding it's way 469 miles through historic structures, meadows, old
farmsteads and scenic mountain views. This would be another
great place for viewing the Fall foliage. The Parkway has many
recreational areas which include a visitor center, restaurants, camp
grounds, picnic areas and hiking trails.
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Places to See in Gatlinburg Tennessee
Gatlinburg offers a variety of things to do from
museums (Ripley's and Guinness World of Records), Smoky
Mountain Winery, Ripley's Aquarium, go karts, white water rafting,
and much more.
Departing from downtown Gatlinburg, catch a ride
on America's largest aerial tram holding 120 passengers offering 360
degree views of Gatlinburg. The tram travels to Ober Gatlinburg's
Ski Resort and Amusement Park. Things to do at the amusement park
are water rides, indoor ice skating, black bear habitat, alpine
slide and more. Relax with a ride on the Scenic Chairlift (the
longest chair lift in the South) offering a spectacular view of the
Smoky Mountains. Be sure to bring your camera this ride will offer
many photo opportunities. Once you have reached the top your photo
is taken and is available for purchase.
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort has eight groomed ski
trails for skiing and snowboarding. Rentals and lessons are
available, there's even an indoor ice arena. A new snow tubing park
is set to open in winter 2008/09.