Gatlinburg is only 90 miles from Asheville, NC by car. Once you are in town, you will find private and City parking lots throughout Gatlinburg. Free parking can be found on River Road; in most cases, you will be paying to park there. A City garage can be found at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and at traffic light #3, the McMahan Parking Garage. Parking lots at street level can be found on Reagan Drive, Bishop Lane and on the north end of town at Parkway.
Private lots area available; one either pays a flat rate or by the hour. These include lots near the Historic Nature Trail or on River Road. The south end of Gatlinburg has more private lots and a parking garage.
One low cost fee covers riding the trolley all day with access that is unlimited for the Yellow, Purple, Red and Blue Trolley routes. Called All Day Trolley Passes, one can buy them at City Hall, the Gatlinburg Welcome Centers and the Mass Transit Center, close to the Ripley Aquarium. Individual routes are offered as well, and the fee will depend on the route. With exact change as a requirement, one should be prepared if they are taking the individual routes.
Charming buildings abound in this quaint town, named one of the Prettiest Towns in America. Walking is a great way to see the downtown area of this Great Smoky Mountain gateway community. The Downtown Parkway runs through the town from one end to another and can be walked for exploring a variety of great restaurants, shopping and attractions. River Walk is somewhat more serene and gazebos and benches are found along the Little Pigeon River. East Parkway at Traffic Light #3 also has an array of unique galleries and shops that can be explored through walking. Getting around and getting exercise can be combined with scenic trails in town that are great nature walks.
In addition to taking you from the airport into Gatlinburg, there are shuttles that give scenic tours of the Great Smoky Mountains. Other shuttles will take you to the Cherokee Casino, home games at the University of Tennessee, a destination for an outdoor adventure or one of the historical tours.
Bicycles and more
Bring your bike or rent one. Also for rent, and an exciting way to view the city, are dune buggies, motorcycles and scooters.