The splendor of fall surrounds you when you visit Gatlinburg in October and November, but there are some special places where you can enjoy it either privately or out and about with other travelers. Try our guide to fall experiences and let us know what you see!
1) Views From Your Cabin
An easy way to enjoy the fall colors is to view them from the deck of your Gatlinburg cabin. Stand in awe or sit back in your rocking chair and take in the red, gold, orange and silvery leaves as they paint the mountains in their once a year show of color. A quick Internet search will help you find some of the Gatlinburg cabin companies. These websites provide awesome virtual tours of their cabins. Some of them are cute and cozy romantic cabins and others are big, almost mansion-like homes that are great for group or corporate gatherings. Many of the cabins include hot tubs on their decks so you can immerse yourself in the fall scenery and relax at the same time.
Reserve your cabin on our site and then look forward to a private display of fall colors in the Smokies.
2) Survey the Landscape from the Space Needle
It's a one-of-a-kind experience! Ride 400' into the air on a glass elevator and get a panoramic view of the Smokies! See the fall colors in a whole new way, up high from the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Learn more about this iconic attraction and get ready for one of the most exhilarating experiences you'll have when you visit Gatlinburg. Compare this amazing observation deck with that at Clingmans Dome for two astonishing takes on the fall views in Gatlinburg.
3) Discover the Panoramic Views at Clingmans Dome
Enjoy this free attraction that lets you observe the Smokies from its highest point; 6,643 ft.
To get to the observation tower all you need to do is drive 7 miles on the Newfound Gap Road and park in the lot, and hike the half mile to the tower. Some visitors have said that the hike was a bit rigorous, but there are benches on the path to the tower, so it is possible to rest along the way. The walk up to the tower is very beautiful in itself and offers some great photo opportunities.
Fall is a fantastic time to visit the Clingmans Dome observation tower as you can see the fall splendor for 20 miles or more. Since the weather can be variable at such an altitude, it’s advised that visitors get a current weather forecast before trekking to Clingmans Dome.
Want more details on this popular attraction? Find out more about it on the National Park's website: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm
4) Gatlinburg Wedding Venues Provide the Ultimate Fall Experience
So many couples travel every year to Gatlinburg to get married. It's easy to see why; this charming city offers so many indoor and outdoor activities, plus the allure of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the country. If you're coming to Gatlinburg to be married, don't miss the chance to marry in the fall. The park offers the perfect setting for a wedding. You can find out everything you need to know about special permits and other application documents for your park wedding on this page.
Most people work with local wedding planners who create a special experience for each couple. There are so many awe-inspiring areas in the park, such as Abrams, Rainbow or Grotto Falls. Your wedding planner will help make all of the arrangements so your special day will be one you can remember, set in the glory of Gatlinburg's autumn season. There are many outdoor wedding options and we've created a guide to help you explore them all: http://www.gatlinburg.com/weddings/outdoor-weddings.aspx