Motel within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg and a five-minute drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hotel at a Glance: The Belle Aire
The Belle Aire lies between downtown Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving guests easy access to both. Visitors can walk to shops and restaurants in town, or drive about five minutes to explore the wilderness.
- In-room amenities include a mini fridge, a microwave, and free WiFi.
- Best way to start the day: with the free continental breakfast.
- A piece of history: The A-frame hotel opened in 1958.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Charming Artists’ Village amid Great Smoky Mountains
Gatlinburg rests near Tennessee’s eastern border, less than 3 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here, you can hike more than 100 trails that wind past waterfalls and pioneer-era log cabins tucked deep within densely forested mountains. Or, take a bicycle ride on the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove, a broad valley of open meadows where you can see deer, black bears, and wild turkeys. Clingmans Dome, the park’s highest point of elevation at 6,643 feet, is a great place to catch the sunset.
Gatlinburg’s main attraction is probably the artists’ loop. It comprises more than 100 craft shops, studios, and cafés, and you can watch artisans as they hand weave baskets and whittle wooden figurines. Downtown Gatlinburg itself is a mountain village filled with old-fashioned ice-cream shops and boutiques selling housemade jams and decorative gewgaws.