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Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Gatlinburg? You should plan to spend around $152 per day on your vacation in Gatlinburg, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $68 on meals for one day and $28 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Gatlinburg for a couple is $128. So, a trip to Gatlinburg for two people for one week costs on average $2,132. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Gatlinburg for one week usually costs around $1,066 for one person. So, a trip to Gatlinburg for two people costs around $2,132 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $4,263 in Gatlinburg. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Gatlinburg can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Gatlinburg? How much money do I need for Gatlinburg?

How much does a trip to Gatlinburg cost? Is Gatlinburg expensive? The average Gatlinburg trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Gatlinburg prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Gatlinburg
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Gatlinburg is $64. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Gatlinburg is $128.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Gatlinburg

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Transportation Budget in Gatlinburg
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Gatlinburg is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 per person, per day, on local transportation in Gatlinburg.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Gatlinburg
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Rental Cars in Gatlinburg
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Food Budget in Gatlinburg
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  • While meal prices in Gatlinburg can vary, the average cost of food in Gatlinburg is $68 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Gatlinburg should cost around $27 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Gatlinburg is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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What did other people spend on Food in Gatlinburg?

Typical prices for Food in Gatlinburg are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Gatlinburg, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

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Entertainment Budget in Gatlinburg
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  • Entertainment and activities in Gatlinburg typically cost an average of $19 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Gatlinburg?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Gatlinburg are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Gatlinburg, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Gatlinburg
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Gatlinburg is $11 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Gatlinburg is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Gatlinburg
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Gatlinburg is $44.

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Alcohol Budget in Gatlinburg
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  • The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Gatlinburg per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

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Gatlinburg On a Budget
Gatlinburg Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Located in eastern Tennessee, Gatlinburg is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and for many it is a destination in and of itself. It's anything but natural, and most of its entertainment is centered around amusement park rides and gimmicky sights. You'll find no shortage of cheap hotels and restaurant options, many of which are the typical chains you would find in most tourist towns. It is a convenient town to pick up any necessities you may have forgotten before your visit to the nearby national park.

Gatlinburg's climate is hot in the summer and cool in the winter. Summer highs are typically in the mid 80s Fahrenheit and winter highs are in the high 40s to low 50s Fahrenheit. Rain is spread consistently throughout the year and several inches of snow can be expected every winter.
The main sights in town are designed for those hoping to escape the nearby natural setting. Many attractions can be considered tacky or gimmicky, but that doesn't seem to reduce the appeal for many visitors. There are many stores in the downtown area and several have attached museums. Cooter's Place is a Dukes of Hazzard store and museum. There is also the Guinness World Records Museum, the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, among others. A favorite attraction in the area is the Gatlinburg Sky Life, which offers excellent views of the the area. The Gatlinburg Space Needle also has an observation tower and arcade. If you're looking for something a little different, you can head to the Smoky Mountain Winery, which has complimentary tours and wine tasting.

For even more ideas, read this amazing article about things to do in the Smoky Mountains which has information about the national park areas, hiking, and activities for every season.
Gatlinburg covers just over ten square miles in total. There is a downtown area which is where you'll find most of the tourist attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. This area is easily walkable, but there is also a trolley that travels throughout. Many of the city's popular resorts are within walking distance to the downtown. The city is surrounded by mountains. Le Conte and Sugarland Mountain are to the south, Cove Mountain is to the west, Big Ridge is to the northeast and Grapeyard Ridge is to the east.

Most hotels in the area are chains and are reasonably priced and a decent quality. You aren't likely to find anything particularly special, but you can easily find a good deal if you decide to stay in town.

Many visitors to Gatlinburg choose to spend their time in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are many hikes in the area, including part of the famed Appalachian Trail. If hiking is not your thing, then Gatlinburg has no shortage of other activities including amusement park rides, water parks, and arcades.

Ober Gatlinburg is a popular place to visit with an aerial tramway, alpine slide, a bear habitat, and a ski resort. Cades Cove (in the park) is another interesting place to spend some time. It's about 45 minutes from the town and you can see wildlife that is native to the area.

The town has plenty of festivals year around. Some of the more interesting ones include the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games, Gatlinburg Heritage Days, the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Show, and the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Christmas Show.
Food and Dining
There are plenty of budget and mid-range restaurants around town. Most serve the typical American fare including steaks, burgers, and sandwiches. There are plenty of chain restaurants around town which offer predictable food and quality. There are also a handful of locally owned places, some with an interesting atmosphere and high quality dishes. For breakfast you'll find a handful of diners and cafes which offer anything from omelets to pancakes or sausage. In the evening there are some bars that stay open late and can sell you cheap beer with a lively atmosphere.

You generally must have a car to explore Gatlinburg and the surrounding area, but there is a trolley that can transport tourists to many of the sights in the immediate downtown area. During the peak season, particularly at the height of the summer months, traffic in the area can become very congested. Both in town and headed in the direction of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can expect delays during peak times.
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2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Amusement Parks

By Bryan in Entertainment
Don't be fooled by this town's proximity to the nearby Smoky Mountains national park - this is a town full of kitschy amusement parks, theme museums, and party-oriented nightlife. Maybe this is what you're looking for (this town is a tourist destination unto itself), but if you're not familiar with this town and are looking for some nature, this is your warning.

Various rides, museums, and shows are in Gatlinburg, including Cooter's Place museum (from Duke's of Hazard); the Sky Lift which takes you to the top of the mountain for great views; the Space Needle, also with great views and an arcade; a Guinness World Records museum; a car museum (Hollywood Star Cars); Ripley's Aquarium, a fairly large aquarium and lots of underwater exhibits including touch pools for kids; Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum; a winery; and lots more varied entertainment, theater, music, and food venues.

If you like the lights and activities of Las Vegas and also have a little bit of southern style within your blood, you'll love this town.

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