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Overview of Downtown Gatlinburg
June 16, 2014

Nearly two centuries ago, Gatlinburg TN was a quiet and peaceful mountain village founded by settlers all the way from South Carolina. In fact, the town wasn’t even called Gatlinburg. It was known as White Oaks Flats.

Today, however, it is amazing to see how much the area has grown and changed over the past 160 years. Gatlinburg TN is now home to some of the most exciting things to do in the Smoky Mountains.

Don’t believe us? Read our top seven reasons to take a Gatlinburg vacation below, and decide for yourself.

(See Related: Gatlinburg Summer Bucket List)

1. Good For Your Health

family traveling to a relaxing Gatlinburg family vacation

Did you know that taking a vacation can actually help you live longer? It’s true. Not only does taking a vacation help you unwind and de-stress, but it also helps your body recharge so it can better fight off illnesses that the normal fatigued body cannot.

What better place to rejuvenate yourself than in the heart of the Smoky Mountains? Gatlinburg TN is home to a variety of relaxing things to do, as well as thrilling outdoor adventures. Once you are here, you will see how hard it is to hold on to the stress of daily life.

2. Delicious Gatlinburg Restaurants

couple dining at restaurant in Gatlinburg

Be sure to pack a big appetite! With a wide range of Gatlinburg restaurants at their disposal, all vacationers to the area are sure to find something they love to eat.

Whether you choose to dine at one of the popular chain restaurants like Dick’s Last Resort, or you want to try one of the locally owned eateries like Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg, there is a Gatlinburg restaurant that will satisfy any taste pallet.

3. Short Drive

three kids in the back of the car on their way to a Smoky Mountain vacation

Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains are within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population that live east of the Mississippi River. By choosing to enjoy a Gatlinburg vacation, these travelers are allowing themselves more time to enjoy all of what the area has to offer, and won’t have to spend as much time in a car like they would if they chose somewhere else to go.

4. Unique Gatlinburg Stores

family in gift store in Gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg is one of the few places where you can find a jar of the world’s hottest hot sauce, an original Thomas Kinkade painting, an airbrush t-shirt and a brand new set of Paula Deen cookware all within walking distance of each other. By having all of these unique Gatlinburg stores so close to each other, vacationers can easily find the perfect souvenir or gift for everyone on their shopping list.

5. Scenic Views

peaceful Smoky Mountain view

It’s impossible to talk about all the things that make Gatlinburg TN great without mentioning the incredible scenic views that can be found here. Whether you are driving through the Cades Cove or strolling up and down the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, everywhere you look you will see stunning mountain views.

6. Fun Things to do in Gatlinburg

kid playing putt putt in Gatlinburg

Do you like arcades? Are you a putt-putt fan? When was the last time you toured an art gallery in search of something new to put on your mantel at home? One of the benefits to a Gatlinburg vacation is that all of these fun things to do are within a short drive or walk from one another, depending on what you choose to do.

If you are feeling more adventurous, there are also several thrilling outdoor adventures like white water rafting in Gatlinburg and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that are both great ways to spend your time on your Gatlinburg vacation.

7. Relaxing Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals

rocking chairs at Gatlinburg cabin

What’s the point of spending the day surrounded by all the fun and exciting things to do in Gatlinburg if you do not have a relaxing vacation rental to come home to? At Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals we offer our guests a variety of secluded Gatlinburg cabin rentals that are just a short drive from all the fun and exciting things to do in the Smoky Mountains.

To reserve your next stay with us, give us a call at 877-549-6775. Our team of reservation specialists will be more than happy to help you and your family plan the perfect Gatlinburg vacation.

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