Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a quirky mountain hamlet located only 36 miles southeast of Knoxville Airport. Get a nice rental SUV, which you also might want to tour the mountains with, and it’s a stone’s throw! People from all over flock to Gatlinburg for action-packed weekend trips all year round. History aficionados can look into a few facts about the Battle of Gatlinburg during the Civil War, and nature lovers will be on cloud nine, guaranteed. Hike the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by foot or by horse – there’s nothing quite like dashing through the woods on a horse’s back! Or you decide on a rather new, fun way of sightseeing: The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. When you’ve been amidst it all, how about a bird-eye view? Take the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, an open-air chair lift ride that’ll get you right up to the top of Crockett Mountain. Cue breathtaking views, so don’t forget your camera. Your weekend getaway to Gatlinburg isn’t complete without a pancake pit stop at the Pancake Pantry. Let that maple syrup flow! After dinner, drop by one of the distilleries famous for the finest moonshine whiskey this side of the Mississippi, and raise the glass to a memorable weekend in the wilderness.