5 Gatlinburg Attractions close to Bryson City

If you're on your way to Bryson City in North Carolina, go ahead and check out Gatlinburg attractions too. These two popular tourist destinations are only about 20 miles away from one another. These attractions are well worth the extra journey. Tourist spots in Gatlinburg serve not just for enjoyment purposes, but educational ones as well. There's a type of attraction that will fit most preferences. Be sure to visit these famous places in Gatlinburg while staying at your Bryson City inn

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 856-2445

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been declared one of the most visited national parks in the United States, and definitely any recreational vacation to Tennessee warrants a visit here. Some of the most notable features of this park are its 16 mountains, old-growth forests, historical areas such as the Mountain Farm Museum and the Cades Cove. It is also home to abundant species of birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, about 1,500 species of plants and its notable black bear population. This is one of the Gatlinburg attractions that you shouldn't dare miss while staying at your Bryson City Bed and Breakfast.

Ripley's Aquarium
Traffic Light #5 88 River Rd,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(888) 240-1358
www.gatlinburg.ripleyaquariums.com

If you're interested in marine life, this is one of the most worthwhile places for you to visit. Ripley's aquarium features educational exhibits such as the shark tank, the penguin playhouse, the dangerous ocean creatures' exhibit, and even "Touch the Animal" stations. While you're here, you can visit other Gatlinburg attractions around the area. Some of these include the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, Ripley's Mirror Maze, Ripley's Candy Factory and Ripley's Haunted Adventure.

Ober Gatlinburg
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5423
www.obergatlinburg.com

This is a ski resort that's home to the largest aerial tramway in the United States. The tramway offers the most magnificent view of the Smoky Mountains. Other attractions at Ober Gatlinburg include a scenic chairlift, eight nature trails and an amusement park. Ober Gatlinburg is open all year round, although it is best to visit during the winter months.

Great Smokies Flea Market
220 W. Dumplin Valley Road
Kodak, TN 37764
(866) 785-3532
www.greatsmokiesfleamarket.com

If you're looking for a place to buy cheap souvenirs for your Gatlinburg visit, this is the place to go. This flea market has more than 1,000 rotating vendors and it is considered one of east Tennessee's greatest attractions. It is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., all year round.

Gatlinburg Space Needle
115 Airport Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3321
(865) 436-4629
www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com

If you're in a hurry and you want to see Gatlinburg (and surrounding areas) all in one go, you couldn't do better than to climb atop the Gatlinburg Space Needle. It's an observation tower affording you a 360-degree view of the town. There is also an arcade with different games that kids can enjoy.