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Bus Tours & Advice for Tour Buses

Gatlinburg by Bus

The main source of "bus" transportation in and around Gatlinburg TN is the Trolley. For a small price, it is a very poplar way to move around town.

But, if you plan to arrive in Gatlinburg and explore the area attractions by tour bus you may want to consider Diamond Tours, the top bus tour company in America. In business since 1987, they deal exclusively in motorcoach group travel.

They offer a Smoky Mountains & Pigeon Forge tour for 2016 that features dazzling shows, a visit to downtown Gatlinburg, and stops in nearby Pigeon Forge.  Enjoy the Smoky Mountain  Opry, visit theTitanic Museum, and get a laugh at the Hatfield-McCoy Dinner Show.

Diamond Tours offers deluxe motorcoach transportation featuring video and restroom, and can seat up to 54 people.  You will be picked up at the location you choose.

For Bus Operators

There are some very important things bus operators should know. Here are some tips...

1. Overheating brakes are a major problem in mountain driving. If you find that you are constantly riding the brakes, shift to a lower gear.

This is best accomplished prior to descending mountain roads. In general, a vehicle will require the same gear while traveling downhill as it would while traveling up the same road. Unless you are an experienced driver, it can be dangerous to shift to a lower gear once the vehicle has started the descent. Proper tire pressure is important to prevent heat build up on tires while negotiating the many curves on park roads. Vapor lock, engine or transmission overheating, or radiator boil over can all be caused by long steady ascents. Usually a 30 minute cool down period will alleviate the problem.

2. Consider stopping at scenic vistas while traveling. Not only does this allow your passengers more opportunity to view the park, it also allows your brakes to cool while traveling downhill. Occasionally pulling over while traveling uphill will give other motorists an opportunity to pass and might prevent impatient drivers from passing at dangerous locations.

3. Weather in the mountains will vary with the elevation. The lower elevations will often be warm and clear. But at the higher altitudes it may be cool, raining, snowing, or foggy. Thick fog is more likely to occur in the early morning and at night. Falling rocks are common after heavy rains.

4. Buses are prohibited from idling engines in parking lots of developed areas.

For more information about Gatlinburg bus tours, including bus-friendly attractions, lodging, and restaurants visit this website.

Greyhound Bus or Train Service

As for bus service, well... there isn't any.  Nor is their an Amtrak train connection in Gatlinburg.

 

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No experience in the Smoky Mountains should be without a few nights stay in a cabin. And, Gatlinburg has plenty of them. Select from a variety of sizes, amenities and locations. Find a cozy, rustic, or luxury cabin rental in Gatlinburg here.

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There are thousands of hotel and motel rooms in Gatlinburg. Problem is they all fill up fast. Book early for the best rooms and locations. From in-town and off the street to budget and semi luxury. Select a room with a fireplace or creek-side balcony.

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Restaurants

Finding food is as simple as walking down town.  Plenty of restaurants line Gatlinburg's main strip. Eat BBQ, steak, Italian, Mexican, and more. Check out the coffee shops, deli's and breweries. Family dining in our Southern restaurants.

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A walk around the main strip in town will probably be your first introduction to this unique mountain village. After that, the sky is the limit. Gatlinburg offers so many things to do. Hike the Smokies, visit a brewery, shop the galleries and malls... dining, arts and crafts, picnics...

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From Ripley's museums, a mountain coaster, and hillbilly golf to Ober Gatlinburg, the space needle, and zip lines. Gatlinburg has it all! If playing is your thing, you won't be disappointed. So, grab your family, grab your plastic, and get ready to have some fun, fun, fun!

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Looking for that romantic wedding in an enchanted forest? You've come to the right place. Gatlinburg has several wedding chapels, and a number of honeymoon cabins. Sky lift, Chapel at the Park, Space Needle, Creek Bridge, and Gazebo are all Gatlinburg wedding options.

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