When it comes to being a vacation destination, Gatlinburg sure has a whole lot going for it. But parking availability at individual businesses isn't one of those assets. Gatlinburg is a fairly small town, wedged into the crevices of a scenic mountain valley, so real estate is at a premium. There are dozens and dozens of attractions, shops and restaurants that simply have very few to zero on-site parking spaces.
Prior to the opening of the neighboring national park, Gatlinburg was just another tiny hamlet wedged among the folds of the Great Smoky Mountains. Once the park was created, however, visitors from all over the world began flocking to the mountains to enjoy their beauty and recreational opportunities. And in the process, Gatlinburg grew into one of the top tourism spots in the South.