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Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gatlinburg
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg is located right in front of the entrance to Great Smokey Mountain. It is probably the most ideal lodging location for people visiting the national park. Gatlinburg has countless hotels/motels, restaurants and bars. The streets are still full of people even at night. They apparently have great business especially during high season. We came here on mid November and the town was still full of visitors.

The decoration in the picture was in the entrance to Gatlinburg. It gave visitors a warm welcome and a hint that this is a place of fun.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg
The "Village" at night
The "Village" in Gatlinburg downtown. It is an area with dozens of retail stores and restaurants. The whole area is carefully decorated as a classic Euporean town. The streets are stone paved and the lamps are replicas of old gas lamp. It creates a time-capsule like atmosphere and makes it a pleasure to visit.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg
Street on the Village
It was decorated as if it was already Christmas. We came here after dinner. Although it was too late and most of the shops have closed already, there were still a lot of people here. This place had great Christmas atmosphere.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg
The lights, Christmas trees and fountain in the Village.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg
Hotel lobby
We stayed in a 15-story hotel on a hill. The facilities were very good though not luxury. The views here were excellent. At night we can overlook the lights of Gatlinburg downtown and at day we can watch the range of mountains in national park.

We had dinner and breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. The steak and trout we had for dinner were good but far from the best. What made us impressive was the breakfast. It was buffet style with all kinds of food you can imagine for breakfast. You can also choose the ingredients for your own omlet and they cooked while you waited. We were so satisfied with the breakfast that we did not even have room for lunch.

Speaking of trouts, it is a specialty of almost all of the local restaurants. Another day we had dinner at a restaurant which offered nothing but trout. The restaurant's building and interior didn't look, well, convincing enough, and there were just few customers. We had doubts about the food until our smoked and grilled trouts arrived. They were so delicious that we haven't had anything similar before.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg
Seen from hotel room

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