Gatlinburg Fun Facts & Places to Visit

Gatlinburg (Facts, Fun, & Historical Trivia)


  • Formerly was known as “White Oak Flats” for the abundant white oak trees
  • Ober Gatlinburg is one of the top attractions in Tennessee & offers a 120 passenger aerial tramway that takes you to the ski slopes, alpine slide, year-round ice skating rink, shops, & lodge
  • The Pancake Pantry is one of Tennessee’s oldest pancake house. It’s considered a Gatlinburg tradition, often having a line out the door on weekends.  However, you will be impressed once you complete your delicious crepes & pancakes
  • Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in East Gatlinburg was founded in 1937.  This communityof artists & crafts-people is the largest of its kind in North America with over 120 shops
  • Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts — This nationally known visual arts complex provies year-round changing gallery exhibitions & houses a fine arts resource center with book store
  • Offers Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies — One of the most impressive aquariums in the nation.  See sharks, stingrays, exotic fish, & more. A treat for not only the kids, but the entire family.  Come see the Penguins at this 1.4 million gallon saltwater aquarium, too!
  • GatlinburgGatlinburg is the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the United States.  This free park is a National Treasure and offers over 800 square miles of beautiful nature, wildlife, & plantlife to view & hike
  • Visited by millions of tourists & travelers per year.  Gatlinburg has a large community of vacation homes & cabin rentals to offer families travelling to the Smokies!