By Darryl Payne
Posted on December 22, 2010
Every town in the Smokies has its own unique offerings that make it worthwhile to visit. This week, we’ll take a closer look at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which lies just north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In fact, the town’s proximity to the park—as well as its early reputation for being a source of authentic arts and crafts—is what led to Gatlinburg becoming a tourism destination as early as the 1930s and 1940s.
Today, both of those factors still play a major part in why Gatlinburg continues to attract millions of visitors each year. One of the main entrances to the national park is just a stone’s throw from the south end of town, and Gatlinburg’s Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts are helping to keep the area’s craft tradition alive.
Of course, other types of tourist draws have joined in to help give Gatlinburg guests a memorable stay. World-class attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort keep people flocking to town year-round, while dozens of other attractions, shops and restaurants have helped shape Gatlinburg into a well-rounded vacation destination.
And remember that when planning your stay, check out the many Gatlinburg cabin rentals available through this Web site.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.