Gatlinburg, TN, Guide and Information

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Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts

Throughout the world cottage industry has always been a way of life among the people of the mountains.

Did you know, for example, that the Swiss tradition of watchmaking originated in the homes of the people of the Alps? Some of it is still carried out in the chalets of mountain folk today. Indeed, whether watchmaking or woodworking, weaving or candle making and so much more, all kinds of arts and crafts have filled the evenings (and many days) of people in mountain communities across the globe.

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Gatlinburg at a Glance

If you like mountains, you will love Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Surrounded on three sides by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Gatlinburg you feel wrapped in the beauty of these old peaks from most every vantage point. Whether in the center of this picturesque small town or from atop the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle, the mountain vistas in and around Gatlinburg take your breath away every day of the year. And if you see the mountains on a day when they look especially smoky, you’ll gaze at panoramic scenes that might make you swoon. (The abundance of flora in the forests here releases a vapor, which when mixed with the air, creates the fog that results in the mountains’ signature look. Best time to see it is early morning when the sun nudges over the horizon.)

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5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is known as the gateway to Smoky Mountains National Park, but there’s so much more to do and see in this popular travel destination beyond the mountains.

The small town in eastern Tennessee attracts travelers of all types looking for a fun time, from families to couples, bachelor and bachelorette parties to meetings and events planners.

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