When you are looking for the perfect combination of natural wilderness of staggering beauty and boardwalk tourist attractions sure to satisfy the whole family, look no further than Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is both the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and home to a main street that is chock full of old school tourist draws. And there are plenty of cheap hotels in Gatlinburg, too.
With the Great Smoky Mountains so close, there are tons of campgrounds in the area – but if your idea of “roughing it” means sharing the same bedroom with your teenagers, then you will be pleased to know that there are more cheap hotels in Gatlinburg than you can shake a stick at. Many of them are right in the downtown area, where all the boardwalk attractions are, and others are just outside of town. The latter may make it easier for you to escape humanity now and then and really absorb the majestic mountains nearby.
In addition to the undeniable draw of the Great Smoky Mountains and the boardwalk-like atmosphere of the main street, part of Gatlinburg’s appeal is also that it is close to other area attractions as well. From a home base in one of the cheap hotels in Gatlinburg you can even take day trips up to Pigeon Forge and play in the Dollywood theme park! And Gatlinburg is also popular for both weddings and honeymoons, so be on the lookout for newly minted married couples.
You may want to look into staying in one of these cheap hotels in Gatlinburg for your next trip – Comfort Inn by the River (balconies overlooking the river, outdoor pool, free breakfast, near entrance to Great Smoky Mountains park), Econo Lodge Inn & Suites (in downtown Gatlinburg, 57 rooms, free breakfast, outdoor pool), Smokyland Motel (right on the main street in Gatlinburg, heated outdoor pool, some rooms with fireplaces), Wildwood Inn (86 rooms, 56 of them with fireplaces, all with private balconies overlooking the mountains, outdoor pool, free breakfast), and Bales Town and Country Motel (features rooms with kitchens and even entire townhouse apartments for rent).