Gatlinburg is best reached by the north by taking I-40 to TN 66 SOUTH. Follow TN 66 to US 441 in Sevierville and follow US 441 through Pigeon Forge and into Gatlinburg.
From the west, Gatlinburg can be reached by either US 441 (from Knoxville) or US 411 and US 321 (from Marysville).
From the south US 441 passes through the heart of the Smokies, bringing in traffic from Cherokee, NC. It is about 19 miles from Cherokee to Gatlinburg, but the high volume of tourist traffic on the road can make the trip at least an hour long.
From the east US 321 brings in traffic directly from I-40 coming in from North Carolina.
Gatlinburg offers a trolley  that takes tourists around the town without fighting the traffic. There are several park-and-ride locations: the Gatlinburg Visitor Center has free parking and access to the purple route; the Gatlingburg Mass Transit Center (located behind the Ripley's Aquarium) offers pay parking and access to all trolley routes. The Gatlinburg By-Pass allows traffic heading into the National Park from the north to bypass the Gatlinburg business district. There are scenic vistas along this road as well.
Gatlinburg is a very popular resort town, which can be a nightmare for drivers during the peak summer months, especially on weekends. If you are headed to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park it is best to use the Gatlinburg By-Pass to avoid the traffic delays.
Once you are in town, there are several short cuts to get you through town and off the main drag!
Cooter's Place, . Dukes of Hazzard store and museum.
Earthquake-The Ride" adventure ride with high-tech special effects.
Gatlinburg Convention Center, . 272,000 sq ft of metting space. 1200 seat ballroom.
Gatlinburg Sky Lift, . Ride up Crockett Mountain for panoramic views
Gatlinburg Space Needle, . Observation tower and arcade.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, . One of the most popular national parks.
Guinness World Records Museum, . 1200 incredible exhibits.
Hollywood Star Cars Museum, . World's best star cars collection.
Mysterious Mansion, . Turn of the century, truly haunted house.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, located at traffic light number 5, 1-865-430-8808. Open 365 days a year: 9AM-11PM Memorial Day through Labor Day, Su-Th 9AM-11PM and F,Sa 9AM-11PM the rest of the year. Ripley's Aquarium has the world's longest underwater aquarium tunnel; over 10,000 sea creatures including sharks, jellyfish cuttlefish, sea horses; hourly dive shows; other exhibits including Touch-A-Ray Bay; and educational programs. Adults $22.29, ages 6-11 $12.25, ages 2-5 $5.56, under 2 free. Annual passes available with various benefits.
Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, . 500 exhibits of incredible artifacts.
Ripley's Haunted Adventure, . state of the art haunted attraction.
Ripley's Moving Theater, . a 4D motion simulator.
Smoky Mountain Winery, . Complimentary tour and wine tasting.
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, . Lively music and top notch performers. Gatlinburg's only alternative to country shows.
World of Illusions, . Grand illusions, mystifying magic and interactive exhibits.
Camp Thunder, . Go karts, miniture golf and ride simulator.
Rip Roaring Adventures, . White water rafting on the Big Pigeon River.
Ober Gatlinburg, . includes an aerial tramway, alpine slide, bear habitat and ski resort.
Old Gatlinburg Golf & Games, . Three amazing courses, including Black Light Golf
Rafting in the Smokies/Pigeon River Outdoors, . 3 1/2 hour trip down 5 miles of water.
Rapid Expeditions Smoky Mountain Rafting & Kayaking, 1-888-504-RAFT, . Whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Pigeon River near Gatlinburg, TN. Experience a thrilling whitewater rapids ride in the Smoky Mountains!
Festivals & Events
March-June Smoky Mountain Springfest
April 12 White Blaze Day benefiting The Appalachian Trail Conservancy ~ held in the parking lot of The Happy Hiker from 10am - 6pm. Free live Blue Grass, lots of food, - all proceeds benefits The Appalchian Trail Conservancey (the folks that maintain the AT).
Mid April Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Easter Show
Mid April Ribfest & Wings
Late April Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Mid May Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games, 
Mid May Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
Early July 4th of July Midnight Parade
Early July River Raft Regatta
September 1-December 31 Old Fashined Hayrides
Mid September-Late October Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Late September Taste of Autumn
Early October Gatlinburg Heritage Days
Early-Mid October Gatlinburg Craftmen's Fair, 
November-February Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Early November Winterfest Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
Early November-Late December Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights
November 11 Veterans Day Celebration
Late November Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Show
November-December Old Fashioned Hayrides
December 1 Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
Early December Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Christmas Show
December 31 New Years Eve Ball Drop and Pyrotechnic Show
The Happy Hiker, 905 River Road, ☎ +1-865-436-6000 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Located twenty-one feet from the park entrance, this store provides hiking supplies, Blue Smoke Coffe coffee, and food for park visitors.
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, 135 Reagan Dr., Behind the Space Needle and Ripleys Believe it or Not Museum, 1/2 Block from the Parkway, Toll-Free 1-888-468-6386,Downtown Gatlinburg Hotel offering 57 Rooms and Suites including jacuzzi suites, balcony rooms and fireplaces. All rooms offer microwave, fridge, iron, ironing board, hair-dryer, coffee maker, free wifi and continental breakfast.
River Terrace Resort and Convention Center, 240 River Rd. Gatlinburg, TN 37738, 1-800-251-2040, . Enjoy the breathtaking view from your private balcony in your king or double queen room complete with mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Relax by one of the 2 pools or in the restaurant or lounge. There is also more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space that includes a ballroom, breakout rooms and a conference center. Bus parking available.
Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg, 915 Westgate Resort Rd. Gatlinburg, TN 37738. . Family friendly resort hotel offering studio and one bedroom suites. Property includes swimming pools, a spa, a lounge, restaurant, arcade, walking trails, kids club and more. Also the home to the largest indoor water park in the south, Wild Bear Falls..
Auntie Belham's Realty & Nightly Rentals 115 North Mountain Trail, across from the Gatlinburg Welcome Center, Toll-Free 1.800.436.6618,  cozy to elegant log cabins, chalets, & cottages; serving Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and surrounding areas.
Chalet Village, 1441 Wiley Oakley Drive, ☎ +1-800-262-7684, . A family-run business for 35 years. Choose from 1-12 bedroom cabins.
Diamond Mountain Rentals, 239 Parkway East, ☎ +1-888-430-4060, . Offers over 75 Cabins, Chalets, and condominiums.
Elk Springs Resort Luxury Cabin Rentals. 1088 Powdermill Rd, . Luxury Gatlinburg Cabin Rental Resort Featuring Home Theater Rooms, Sauna's, Hot Tubs, Pool Tables & More! 866-550-1795.
Gatlinburg Cabins 436 East Parkway, Toll-Free 1-800-684-7865, . Offering Gatlinburg cabins and Pigeon Forge cabins near the Great Smoky Mountains.
Jackson Mountain Homes, 1662 East Parkway, just 3.5 Mi. from Traffic Light #3, Toll-Free 1.800.473-3163, . Offering over 170 clean and cozy to grand luxury cabins, chalets, and cottages in and near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Mountain Laurel Chalets 440 Ski Mountain Road, 1-800-315-4965,  have over 100 chalets from one to 12 bedrooms at prices from $95 to $900.
To the north, Pigeon Forge offers a wide array of shops and attractions including Dollywood. To the south, across the Great Smoky Mountains, the town of Cherokee is an interesting Indian village and casino gambling.