Gatlinburg, Tennessee, offers a lot to see and do, but it is a pretty small town. Therefore, your choices for car rentals are somewhat limited, unless you visit a neighboring town, or pick up a vehicle at a nearby airport. Here are the best places to rent a vehicle when you visit Gatlinburg.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is located at 1255 Airport Road, or at 709 West Main Street in Sevierville. Seviervielle is only about 12 miles from Gatlinburg, and has a lot more services and businesses than Gatlinburg. Enterprise is always running some kind of special, so you can get a great deal on a vehicle. Right now, you can get a free third day on a weekend rental, or you can get $30 off a weekly rental, if you book your reservation online, at www.enterprise.com.
If you are willing to drive a bit farther, or you are flying in to visit Gatlinburg, Budget Rental has locations in Knoxville. Located at 100 South Broadway, 8014 Kingston Pike and 5414 Clinton Highway in Knoxville, these locations are only about 30 miles from Gatlinburg. If you visit www.rentalcarmomma.com, you can receive a coupon code that will get you a free day on a weekend rental, or $25 off a 5-day rental. You can also visit Budget’s website at www.budget.com
Alamo also has a location in Knoxville, at the McGhee-Tyson Airport, located at 2055 Airport Highway in Alcoa. Alamo doesn’t require a credit card to rent a vehicle, so this is a great choice for those travelers who only use cash or debit cards. Alamo’s website is located at www.Alamo.com
Avis also has locations at Knoxville, at McGhee Tyson Airport (2055 Airport Highway in Alcoa), East Knoxville Center Mall (3100 East Towne Mall Circle), Market Place Center (9335 Kingston Pike), and West Town Mall (7600 Kingston Pike). If you visit www.avis.com, you can get a free weekend day, or $30 off a weekly rental, and you can enroll in Avis’ Preferred Service, which allows for faster reservations, and other amenities.
Thrifty Car Rental also has five locations in the greater Knoxville area. Locations near the Knoxville Airport include 2055 Alcoa Highway in Knoxville, 3049 Lois Lane in Alcoa, and at the airport at 2055 Alcoa Highway in Alcoa. Thrifty also has a location at the Knoxville Marriott (500 East Hill Avenue), and in West Knoxville at 9714 Parkside Drive. Thrifty is a very economically priced rental company, and they do not require credit cards for their rentals. Thrifty also mainly rents Chrysler products, for those customers who prefer a certain brand of vehicle. Thrifty’s website is located at www.thrifty.com.
Hertz Rent-a-Car also has a location at the Knoxville Airport, at 2055 Alcoa Highway. Hertz is always running specials, and they offer a military discount. If you are looking to rent a Ford product, Hertz is your best bet. For those of you who care about the environment, Hertz has a “Green Collection” of environmentally-friendly vehicles. Addtionally, $1 from each rental from the Green Collection goes to benefit the National Park Foundation. Hertz has a very user-friendly website, located at www.hertz.com, where you can make reservations, and enroll in their #1 Club, which makes renting your vehicle faster and easier. Right now they are offering 50% off weekend rates.
Sometimes it’s better to use discount websites to make your vehicle reservation – you can get better prices than going directly through the rental company itself. Some great sites for car reservations are www.rentalcarmomma.com, www.orbitz.com, www.travelocity.com and www.carrentals.com.