Gatlinburg Area Information

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Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Gatlinburg TN for Your Next Vacation

11 million people visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee each year to enjoy the area’s incredible natural beauty. Located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is a paradise for anyone who loves being outside. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to five of the best outdoor activities in Gatlinburg TN. 
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Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales Returns to Gatlinburg This Summer

Where can you find the most talented people in East Tennessee? In Gatlinburg, of course! This summer, the best storytellers, artisans, and musicians from all across the region will gather in downtown Gatlinburg for Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales. As one of the most popular events in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales has been entertaining and educating vacationers about Appalachian heritage and culture for over a decade. Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to everything you need to know about this beloved tradition. 
Chairs around the fire pit at Black Bear Inn & Suites in Gatlinburg TN

4 Reasons You Should Stay at Our Gatlinburg Hotel on the Strip

Have you been browsing through accommodations and looking for the best Gatlinburg hotel on the Strip? Let us help! We have a beautiful location close to all of the great things to do in the Gatlinburg area. To help you out, we’ve got 4 reasons why you should stay with us at Black Bear Inn and Suites, our Gatlinburg hotel on the Strip. 
Stunning mountain views from the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.

More Than Just a Ski Resort: Top 5 Ober Gatlinburg Summer Activities

Ober Gatlinburg is most famous for being the state of Tennessee’s only ski resort. While winter is definitely peak season for Ober, this great attraction doesn’t close its doors when the snow melts away. Ober Gatlinburg is a year-round destination that is worth visiting no matter what season it is. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to the top five Ober Gatlinburg summer activities. 
Stunning photo of downtown Gatlinburg surrounded by the mountains.

Hidden Gems in Gatlinburg: 5 Restaurants Off the Beaten Path

It’s no secret that downtown Gatlinburg, TN is filled with fantastic restaurants! If you’re looking to get away from all the popular spots on the Parkway for lunch or dinner, there are a number of excellent eateries that are located off the beaten path. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to five hidden gems in Gatlinburg where you can find an amazing meal. 
Beautiful picture of a mountain in Cades Cove.

Top 4 Places to See in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. Straddling the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Smokies offer some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the world. When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites in Gatlinburg, TN, you will be just a short drive from all of the top places to see in the Smoky Mountains. To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have put together a guide to four can’t-miss spots in the national park 
Father and son playing mini golf.

The 3 Best Places to Play Mini Golf in Gatlinburg

No vacation in Gatlinburg, TN is complete without a round of mini golf! The Smoky Mountains are home to a number of awesome putt putt courses that you definitely don’t want to miss. Whether you’re planning a fun date night with your sweetheart or a family outing, you will love hitting the (miniature) links in the Smokies. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to three of the best places to play mini golf in Gatlinburg. 
The city of Gatlinburg at night.

What to Do in Gatlinburg at Night

Downtown Gatlinburg is the perfect place for a night out on the town! The Strip is filled with attractions, theaters, and restaurants that are open late into the evening. When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will be just a short walk from all of the fun. To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have put together a guide to all of the best things to do in Gatlinburg at night. 
Happy family on a hike in the woods.

5 Kid Friendly Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States! With over 800 miles of gorgeous trails, the Smokies have a hike for visitors of every age and ability. When you’re hiking with children, you’ll want to choose a trail that is easy, short, and full of beautiful scenery. Keeping those elements in mind, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to five of the best kid-friendly hikes in the Smoky Mountains. 
Photo of the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

Your Complete Guide to the Shows in Gatlinburg TN

Seeing one of Gatlinburg's great shows is the perfect way to spend an evening during your vacation! Our Smoky Mountain city is home to a number of popular theaters that are just a short walk from Black Bear Inn & Suites. Like the rest of the attractions in the Smokies, Gatlinburg’s shows are very family friendly so everyone in your group can enjoy the area’s world-class entertainment. To help you make the most of your getaway, we have put together a guide to all of the shows in Gatlinburg TN. 
Visitors walking through The Village in Gatlinburg.

3 of the Best Gatlinburg Walking Tours

Taking a walking tour is one of the best ways to get a behind the scenes look at Gatlinburg, TN. Whether you’ve never visited Gatlinburg before or you’re a returning Smoky Mountain vacationer, it’s always useful to get insider information about the city from a local expert. There are a number of excellent walking tours of downtown Gatlinburg, and each one offers a unique perspective and theme. To help you make the most of your getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to three of the most popular Gatlinburg walking tours. 
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg.

4 Advantages of Staying at Our Gatlinburg Hotel Near Ripley’s Aquarium

When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will be minutes away from one of the very best aquariums in the United States! Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is an extremely popular destination in East Tennessee. Ripley’s is ranked among the top 10 aquariums in the nation on TripAdvisor and has been visited by well over 15 million guests. 
Stunning photo of downtown Gatlinburg surrounded by the mountains.

Top 5 Reasons You’ll Love Spring in Gatlinburg

Spring is one of the very best times to take a vacation in Gatlinburg, TN! When the weather starts to warm up, the Smoky Mountain area comes alive with a number of great seasonal activities and special events. To help you prepare for your getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to five of our favorite things about spring in Gatlinburg. 
One of the beautiful suites at the best hotel in Gatlinburg.

4 Reasons Your Family Will Love Staying at the Black Bear Inn – The Best Hotel in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg TN is a wonderful place for a family vacation because of all the fun attractions, delicious restaurants, and entertaining shows. It’s easy to have hours and hours of fun exploring the city, and that makes it especially important to have a convenient and comfortable place to rest at the end of each day. Luckily, the Black Bear Inn is not only affordable but also located close to all the most popular area attractions, making it the best hotel in Gatlinburg! Read below to learn about all the things that make the Black Bear Inn the best place to stay in the Smokies!