The View From Above
Mar 08, 2012
The Best View of the Smokies
Guests who stay in our Gatlinburg cabin rentals always tell us how much they love looking up at the mountains. But sometimes, you’ll find the best views when you’re looking down on the city. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to get a bird’s-eye view of Gatlinburg and the surrounding region. Some cost money, some are free, but they all give the beholder a unique perspective on the area’s beauty.
• Hike Mt. LeConte. It’ll take a few hours, and you’re looking at about a six-mile hike, but the two main viewing areas from the third-highest peak in the Smokies are definitely worth the trip.
• Take a scenic drive. Hop in the car and set a course for Foothills Parkway, or even take U.S. 441 across the Smokies toward Cherokee North Carolina. Both routes offer stunning long-range views of peak after peak.
• Ride the Ober Gatlinburg aerial tram. Both the journey itself and the mountaintop resort at the other end (including Ober’s scenic chair lift) afford great viewing opportunities.
• Ride to the top of the Space Needle. You’ll find this tall attraction in the heart of Gatlinburg, and after a short elevator ride, you’ll find yourself hundreds of feet in the air, looking out over the rest of the town.
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