When you visit Gatlinburg you won't find any shortage of spots to enjoy the fall views. The mountains are aflame with color and your only concern will be to find the best place to see it all. Why choose only one place? We've collected a quick list of fall viewing spots to suit your mood and all of the people in your party.
Start Low to the Ground
One of the most interesting ways to get around Gatlinburg is using its trolley system. This inexpensive (there's even a Free Trolley) transportation option can get you about anywhere you want to go in Gatlinburg. It reaches all of the well-known attractions such as various shops on The Strip, the Arts and Crafts Community, several dinner theaters and a variety of restaurants and shops. See our post about the trolley system to get the most out of riding the trolleys. You can download this handy trolley schedule to help you learn the routes.
When you ride the trolleys you can sit back and relax and get to know Gatlinburg without worrying about where to park. The trolleys can provide a great way for the whole family to travel together comfortably and they allow for socialization with other travelers and locals.
Then Soar High Above Gatlinburg
If you want to get even closer to the fall colors, you can try some exciting ways to enjoy the views. Try the Space Needle which is 407' above the ground. This position offers a commanding view of the mountains and the entire town. Visit our site to learn more about getting tickets and discounts to the Space Needle and more Play Deals that let the whole family play golf, see fun Halloween themed exhibits and enjoy some of the family activities Gatlinburg is famous for.
Ober Gatlinburg offers several ways to go high above the city and get close to the orange, red, and gold brilliance of the changing leaves. Take their Aerial Tramway high above the trees and let the colors and mountain scenery surround you. The Tramway departs on a regular schedule from downtown Gatlinburg. Adults can ride for $12.00 and kids 5-11 can ride for $9.50. The 2.1 mile ride will thrill you with the beauty of the Smokies. Get more information on the Aerial Tramway here: http://www.obergatlinburg.com/activity/aerial-tramway/
If you like riding high in the sky, you can also try the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. The Sky Lift offers a different experience from the Aerial Tramway. The Sky Lift is an open chair lift ride up Crockett Mountain. The Sky Lift is handicap accessible and fun for all ages. See remarkable views of the city, Little Pigeon River and the mountains. 12 and up ride for $13.00, 3-11 ride for $9.75 and kids 0-2 ride for free. See our Attractions Page to find out more about the Sky Lift and all of the attractions that put you in the middle of the fall fun in Gatlinburg.
Wind up the Day with a Relaxing View
One of the best ways to enjoy the fall views in Gatlinburg is from your own cabin or chalet. Some of the cabins here are quite large and able to accommodate a large group. Many of them have immense second story wrap-around porches. These porches often include hot tubs and reclining furniture that can allow you to luxuriate in the surroundings. Some of the cabins are rustic and others offer nearly every amenity one could want, including catered meals, flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi. Be sure to visit our site to quickly and easily book your cabin or chalet for your fall trip. You can check availability and then complete the cabin reservation process right from our site. You'll be taken to our lodging partners' sites to finalize the reservation. It only takes a few moments and you can go back to planning out all of the attractions you want to see when you get here.