Before the theme parks, before all the outlet malls, before the music theaters, there was Gatlinburg. Situated at the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg has been a popular tourist spot since the 1930s and 1940s. Back then, it was the national park and the local crafts that got people into their cars and drew them to the Smokies. These days, Gatlinburg still has all that and a whole lot more. The national park is actually the most visited one in the United States, receiving more than 9 million visitors annually. And institutions like the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community and the Arrowmont School of the Arts have guaranteed the city's lasting legacy as a cultural center. But of course, there's still a lot more going on in Gatlinburg. You'll find dozens of attractions, from the longest-running theater show in the Smokies to Ober Gatlinburg, a year-round destination that boasts snow skiing in winter and ice skating and other family-fun activities year 'round. Gatlinburg is also the home of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, just one of the area's many Ripley Entertainment attractions, not to mention a host of other interesting museums as well as traditional amusements like mini golf and go-cart tracks. When planning your stay in Gatlinburg, don't forget to browse our selection of overnight rental companies. After all, staying in a luxurious, amenity-packed cabin in the mountains is one of the best ways to experience the wonders of Gatlinburg and the Smokies.