I have been Gatlinburg, TN a couple times now. It is mainly a mile long tourist trap. The main drag is lined with many shops with a proportion selling things like t-shirts, cheap jewelry, and candy. There are also many little attraction type things including Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, Ripley’s Moving Theater 4D, Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Davy Crokett Mini-Golf, Hollywood Star Cars Museum, Guinness World Records Museum, and a ski lift ride hat will take you to the top of a local hill. There is a also a place called Ober Gatliburg that includes an aerial tram ride, and some amusment type rides aimed at kids.
There are constant remiders that you are in the bible-belt as you will see tons of jesus related t-shirts in the shop windows. Interestingly, there are also t-shirts promoting whiskey and large breasted women.
Driving through Gatlinburg, TN is a pain! It seems that there is always someone driving 10 miles or more below the speed limit for no apparent reason. So if the speed limit is 25 miles per hour, they drive about 10-15mph. If the speed limit is 15mph, they drive 5mph. And I have behind at least a couple people that refused to make a left on a green light when they had plenty of opportunity, instead wating for the next cycle, and a green arrow!
There are little booths scattered around town offering tickets for things like Dollywood, and some comedy club.
There are many restaurants in town. While there is a McDonalds, Burger Kings, Subway, and KFC, most of the places are local. There seem to be at least a half dozen pancake houses crammed into this small town. There are a couple barbeque places, a seafood place, and some steak places.
There are also many, many hotels, inns, and motels scattered around.
Since Gatlinburg is located on the edge of the Smoky Mountains, there is a ton of hiking opportunities. There is a great little shop in town named The Happy Hiker for your hiking needs.
Prices are kind of high for some things. I paid over $10 for a small bottle of sun-screen. And shopping for some stuff is limited in Gatlinburg itself. I wanted a new mouse for my laptop, and found that there was a Wal-Mart about 12 miles away in Sevierville. I found another store farther away in Knoxville as well. I drove the the Wal Mart in Seiverville. This was a mistake! I had to drive through Pigeon Forge to get the Sevierville. I was in stop and go traffic most of the way to Sevierville and it took me almost an hour and a half to get there. It took me about an hour to get back to Gatlinburg. I would have been better off driving into Knoxville! Avoid driving new Pigeon Forge or Sevierville if you can.