Gatlinburg Area Information

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Everything You Need to Know About Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg

One of the most popular outdoor attractions returns to the Smoky Mountains this winter with the snow tubing runs at Ober Gatlinburg! This is an exciting activity for the entire family to enjoy and the only restriction is that kids must be at least 3 years old to join in on the fun! Here is everything that you need to know about snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg: 
Beautiful sunset photo in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

Smoky Mountain hiking trails are full of gorgeous mountain, river, and wooded views as well as remnants from previous eras! You and your family can learn about the rich history of the Smokies while you reconnect with nature and each other. Here are 5 of the best family-friendly Smoky Mountain hiking trails. 
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All You Need To Know About the Penthouse Suites at Our Hotel in Downtown Gatlinburg

If you are looking for a special getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains, check out the Penthouse Suites at the Black Bear Inn & Suites! As the only rooftop Penthouse in Sevier County, this amazing 1,500 square foot suite features all types of wonderful comforts and amenities! Here is everything you need to know about the Penthouse Suites at our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg: 
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Top 4 Reasons You Should Explore the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

It’s easy to have tons of fun exploring downtown Gatlinburg, but if you don’t wander about, you’ll miss a beautiful place just a few miles from our hotel. The ​Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail​ is like a forest fantasyland with all kinds of natural and man-made history at every turn. We’ll give you 4 good reasons to take the trek on this 5.5-mile, one-way road. 
The beautiful swimming pool at Black Bear Inn in Gatlinburg.

Top 4 Amenities Your Kids Will Love at Our Downtown Gatlinburg Hotel

Finding a place to stay when you’re planning a family vacation can be fun. Black Bear Inn & Suites has a lot of different amenities that are not only suitable for the adults, but are great for what we offer the kids as well. That should give you an idea of exactly what you can find at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel. Here are 4 of our many amenities that the kids will get excited about! 
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Top 4 Things to Do in Gatlinburg That Make it Feel Like Home

Gatlinburg is a lovely place to visit, and it won’t take much once you arrive for it to feel like home. You may have initially decided to visit based on the amount of fun touristy things to do in Gatlinburg, but there are also amazing things to do that will make you feel like a local. Let us explain by showing you 4 things you can accomplish here that will only grow your love for this area. 
A scenic road in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

5 Tips For Having an Amazing Trip to Cades Cove

One of the most popular places to visit in all of the Smoky Mountains is the beautiful valley called ​Cades Cove​. It’s about an hour drive from our hotel, but that never seems to bother visitors when they know what to expect from this natural wonder. We’d like to give you some helpful tips that’ll ensure you have the best possible experience! 
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4 Fun Gatlinburg Rides That Offer a Stunning Aerial View of the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are renowned for their beauty, and there is no better way to view the majestic natural scenery than from above the trees! Gatlinburg is home to several scenic rides where you can glide above the forest floor to see the Smoky Mountains from a completely different perspective! Here are 4 fun Gatlinburg rides where you can experience a stunning aerial view of the Smokies: 
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Top 5 Benefits of Staying in Our Family Suites in Gatlinburg TN

When taking a family vacation to Gatlinburg, there is no need to stay in a cramped hotel room when you can enjoy one of the family suites at the Black Bear Inn & Suites! These large suites are perfect for those families who want a little extra space but still want to stay together in the same hotel room! Here are the top 5 benefits of staying in our family suites in Gatlinburg TN: 
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg.

Top 3 Tips for a Great Day at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

As one of the top destinations in the Smoky Mountains, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers a fascinating journey into the world of over 10,000 exotic sea creatures! This amazing facility features 10 themed galleries, interactive encounters and even a glass bottom boat adventure for a full day of family fun! Here are the top 3 tips for a great day at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies: 
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5 Tips for Handling the Rainy Weather in Gatlinburg On Your Vacation

It’s natural to want to keep an eye on what weather in Gatlinburg will be like when you’re on vacation. No one wants rain to put a damper on all the fun you could be having. But did you know that you can still have an enjoyable vacation, despite the unpredictable nature of the weather in the Smoky Mountains? Here are 5 tips for helping you handle the rain on your trip. 
The Gatlinburg Space Needle on a sunny day.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle

We think you’ve probably noticed the towering ​Gatlinburg Space Needle​ on the way to our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg. You may also be aware that it’s a popular tourist attraction in town as well, and there's a reason for that. The view from the top is like nothing you've ever seen before. We'll give you 5 reasons why it will be well worth it to brave the trip to the top. 
The event space at Black Bear Inn in Gatlinburg

Top 5 Reasons to Plan Your Next Event at Our Hotel in Gatlinburg TN

Whether you are planning a business meeting, conference or another large gathering in the Great Smoky Mountains, Black Bear Inn & Suites is your ultimate destination! Our hotel in Gatlinburg features excellent facilities, beautiful accommodations and everything else you need to host the perfect event. Here are the top 5 reasons to plan your next event at our hotel in Gatlinburg TN: 
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Top 5 Foods to Order at Gatlinburg Restaurants if You’re Eating Healthy

The moment you get close to the downtown area, it’s easy to pick up the sweet smells coming from the shops. This makes you want to just forget about your healthy eating habits that you want to maintain on your vacation. You’ll be happy to know there are many Gatlinburg restaurants that offer healthy items for your diet. It’s fine to do a little cheating on vacation, but we’re going to show you it’s possible to eat healthy here with 5 foods that are easily available. 
The Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg on The Strip.

3 Awesome Car Museums in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains

Whether you are a casual car fan or an automobile enthusiast, you will love exploring some of the nation’s top car museums that are located right here in the Smoky Mountains! From classic hot rods to famous automobiles from television and film, you can find it all in the Smokies! Here are 3 awesome car museums in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains that you need to visit: