It was settled back in 1806, and bears some remnants and charm of its pioneer origins. The city sits about 39 miles south east of Knoxville, atop the old Cherokee Trail used to access the abundant game in what is now the national park.
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The areas geographical and topographical riches provide for more than just enchanting views.
It is a hiker's paradise; it is shady and vibrantly colorful, loaded with rivers and waterfalls, with enchanting hidden spots scattered across innumerable trailheads. All this makes it equally viable as a horseback riding, fishing, or rafting destination. It has a nice mix of small town charm and tourist accommodations. Gatlinburg has its own aquarium, amusement park, and shopping village, and is complete with an array of zip lines, lifts, a Hollywood car museum, and its own Space Needle, giving stunning views of the many peaks and valleys. Gatlinburg is also great for skiing in the winter.
In order to pass the vacation test, the dining's got to be up to par with the location. Fortunately, it meets the mark. The town has preserved it's pioneer inspired cuisine, and has some fabulous pancake houses and barbeque joints. Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Q has been raved about by almost all its visitors.
The Pancake Pantry and the Log Cabin Pancake house are a must-have, for whichever meal of the day, mind you. For some fine dining try The Peddler's Steakhouse, the area's most exquisite restaurant. If it is a drink you are looking for, head out to the Smoky Mountain Brewery for a taste of the local produce, or if you want to get more local, and maybe have another drink, you can always tour one of the areas wineries, whiskey or moonshine distilleries.
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