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Top 5 Places You Can Visit on the Gatlinburg Trolley

The Gatlinburg Trolley in front of Sidney James Mountain Lodge
April 16, 2017

Getting around Gatlinburg is a breeze when you stay at Sidney James Mountain Lodge! Our hotel has a convenient trolley stop right in front of our main lobby, so you can leave your car behind and let someone else drive for a while. Most rides on the Gatlinburg trolley are just 50 cents each way, or you can buy a day pass for $2. To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have put together a guide to five of the most popular places you can travel using Gatlinburg’s trolley system.

1. Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community

The Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community is the largest group of independent artisans in the United States. Visitors to this 8-mile loop off of the East Parkway will find a variety of shops, galleries, and studios that showcase the work of Smoky Mountain-based artists and craftspeople. If you’re looking for handcrafted souvenirs from your getaway in Gatlinburg, this is the place to find them! The Arts & Crafts Community is serviced by the Gatlinburg trolley’s Yellow Route.

2. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the most visited destinations in Gatlinburg. Ranked among the top 10 aquariums in the United States by TripAdvisor, Ripley’s is famous for its hands-on exhibits. Visitors will have the chance to pet a real live stingray at Touch A Ray Bay, glide on a moving sidewalk through Shark Lagoon, and crawl through transparent tunnels at the Penguin Playhouse. The Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center is located right next door to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, so you can ride the trolley straight to the aquarium.

3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Gatlinburg trolley also makes trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most popular national park. Visitors will be able to take the trolley to some of the park’s very best spots, including the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Laurel Falls Parking Area, and Elkmont. Whether you’re looking for a fun hike or a scenic picnic, you will love visiting the Smokies. The national park is serviced by the Tan Route.

4. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts was founded over 100 years ago as the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School. Today, visitors to Arrowmont will find a 13-acre campus with galleries that are filled with beautiful Appalachian artwork. The school also hosts a variety of special events and workshops throughout the year. The Arrowmont School is just a five-minute walk from the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center.

5. Dollywood

Butterfly flower arrangement at the entrance to Dollywood.

In addition to all of the wonderful destinations in Gatlinburg, the trolley will also take you to the world-famous Dollywoodk theme park in Pigeon Forge. Owned by country legend Dolly Parton, this amazing park offers thrilling rides, excellent music shows, seasonal festivals, and mouthwatering food. Dollywood is serviced by the trolley’s Pink Route.

Please note that many of the trolley routes are seasonal. For the details on all of the routes mentioned above, visit the official website for the Gatlinburg trolley.

When you stay at Sidney James Mountain Lodge, you will be minutes away from all of the best attractions, restaurants, and shops in Gatlinburg. Our hotel comes with everything you need for a stellar vacation, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an exercise room, an onsite cafe, a scenic picnic area, and rooms with private balconies. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!