Expansive Lodge Surrounded by Woodlands
The old school Gatlinburg Trolley connects all the big attractions in town, including Ripley's Aquarium and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and even makes a stop at Glenstone Lodge. Tucked amid rolling hills covered with ash and hickory trees, the rustic lodge exudes backcountry charm, though it's just a scenic trolley ride from Gatlinburg's family destinations.
The surrounding mountains and nearby attractions are the main draw, but there’s plenty to do at the lodge. You can hone your short game on the putting green, or train for the 400-meter individual medley in the outdoor pool. There’s also a two-level indoor pool fed by waterfalls within a cavernous, tropical-plant-filled atrium. The guest rooms are accented by warm green hues and offer views of either the pool or surrounding woodlands.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Family-Friendly Fun amid the Great Smoky Mountains
Gatlinburg sits amid the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, near the border with North Carolina. Glenstone Lodge is less than a mile from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where you can hike more than 100 trails that wend past waterfalls and pioneer-era log cabins tucked deep within the densely forested mountains. Along the way, you might spot deer, black bears, and hundreds of species of birds. For expansive views of the city and surrounding mountains, take the Sky Lift Gatlinburg to the top of Crockett Mountain.
Downtown Gatlinburg is packed with attractions geared toward vacationing families. There are indoor water parks, ghost tours, and quirky museums from Ripley's Believe it or Not to a museum showcasing more than 20,000 salt and pepper shakers.