Top 10 Things to Do in Gatlinburg in the Fall

Looking for a fun-filled getaway in the spectacular shade of some of the oldest mountains in the world? Then look to the southeastern corner of Tennessee and the little town of Gatlinburg, voted last year by US News and World Report as America’s No. 1 Mountain Town and cited by TripAdvisor, the online travel platform, as the top trending destination in the United States.

Nestled into a picturesque valley at the eastern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg offers a wealth of activities and attractions to draw more than 11 million visitors each year. It’s a treasure trove of things to do for walkers, hikers, bikers, rafters, outdoor enthusiasts, thrill seekers, fun lovers, snow skiers, sightseers, music fans, families, grownups and kids, melding the region’s rich Appalachian heritage (moonshine, anyone?) and recreational culture with the offerings of a modern travel destination—including a world-class aquarium, sky lifts, mountain coasters, souvenir shops, craftspeople and musicians, the world’s longest pedestrian suspended bridge, “hillbilly”-style mini-golf and a food pyramid built on fudge, taffy, pancakes, ice cream and pastries, buttressed with everything else, from high-end steaks to seafood. There’s something for everyone, of all ages, all the time.