I have been traveling every summer from Florida for 2 years now. The atmosphere is one of relaxation and enjoyment of the most precious thing we have, nature. The people are very friendly. They are always smiling, very courteous, and helpful. Every day seems to go by very slow, no rush, no problems, no people arguing about little things. They have this place where they give samples of moonshine, and, even though I don't drink, I love the smell in the air and they have shows with folk music and you can just sit on one of the rocking chairs they have for the public and enjoy the music. Gatlinburg is definitely a place that I do recommend for your future vacation, even if you have a child with special needs. My son is autistic and attracts a lot of attention, but people there don't stare at him. They look at him with understanding, even if they don't know what is wrong with him. I like that!!! I am looking forward for my next trip and possibly moving there in the future. I hope you can enjoy Gatlinburg as much as my family and I do. We love Gatlinburg!!!