Gatlinburg, TN Homes for Sale
Gatlinburg, TN Homes for Sale
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Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States. It is thirty-nine miles southeast of Knoxville. The population was 3,944 at the 2010 Census, and 4,047 according to the 2012 Census estimate. The city is a popular vacation resort, as it rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along U.S. Route 441, which connects Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina through the national park. Gatlinburg, TN Homes for Sale
Gatlinburg is an important tourism destination in Tennessee, with many man-made attractions, and it borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ober Gatlinburg is the only ski resort in Tennessee. It has eight ski trails, three chair lifts, a wildlife encounter area, and is accessible via roads and a gondola from the city strip. The Gatlinburg Trolley, a privately funded public transit system, caters to area tourists. Gatlinburg, TN Homes for Sale
Another popular attraction is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies which also features special exhibits covering subjects such as the Titanic, pirates and more recently the planet Mars. It opened to the public in 1997. Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, which are both named for Dolly Parton, are amusement parks located in nearby Pigeon Forge.
There is a walk-through haunted attraction known as the “Mysterious Mansion”. Vincent “Val” Valentine built this attraction in 1980. It is similar to “Old House” at Panama City Beach, Florida‘s now-defunct Miracle Strip Amusement Park. Gatlinburg, TN Homes for Sale
Hollywood Star Cars Museum, which opened in 1996, features Mayberry‘s Squad Car, The Beverly Hillbillies jalopy, DRAG-U-LA fromThe Munsters, Batmobile, Camaro from Charlie’s Angels, General Lee, and Herbie the Love Bug which were designed by George Barris.
A few music and family-oriented theaters make their homes in Gatlinburg as well, including the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, which hosts a musical comedy. In recent years, the number of musical shows in Gatlinburg has dwindled with several shows having gone to Pigeon Forge and its many venues. Gatlinburg, TN Homes for Sale
Gatlinburg also has numbered intersections in the core of the town. The numbers hang from traffic lights or are on signs, and are written on official tourist maps. A similar idea was tried in Niagara Falls, New York after the then-mayor of Niagara Falls visited Gatlinburg and brought the idea back to Niagara Falls, although the idea was short-lived in New York and was scrapped due to budget issues. Gatlinburg, TN Homes for Sale
During the Christmas season the entire downtown area is decorated with lights for the Winterfest Celebration. This celebration takes place from November thru February. Visitors during the Winterfest Celebration can also take a Trolly Ride of the Lights from Nov 12, 2014 to Jan 25, 2015 for only $5.00 Visitors also benefit from a free shuttle bus that traverses the city every half-hour.
Because of the ease of obtaining a marriage license in Tennessee, Gatlinburg is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons, with over twenty wedding chapels in the town and surrounding areas. Gatlinburg, TN Homes for Sale