The Great Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the United States. They offer some of the most beautiful views in the nation. Spring, summer, fall or winter you can catch some of the best mountain views in Gatlinburg by visiting the four following places:
1. Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement park and ski resort that sits on top of Ski Mountain overlooking Gatlinburg. If you choose to take a tram to the top instead of driving you’ll be offered some great views of the mountains and of Gatlinburg itself. They offer a ski lift for skiers so you can see the beauty of the Smoky Mountains the whole way down the slopes. Not into skiing? That’s fine, a scenic chair lift is also available to ride and offers a spectacular view of the mountains.
Anakeesta is one of the newer attractions in Gatlinburg, and offers some of the best mountain views. This aerial adventure park has activities for the whole family! A chair lift is used to transport you to the summit of Anakeesta, once there you can shop, dine, zipline, or explore the treetops in a rope course. One of the best ways to get a picture perfect view of the mountains is the panoramic viewing area near the Forest Memorial Interpretive Trail. The panoramic view faces the Mt. Leconte range, one of the largest mountains in the Smokies. Be sure to check out other places in the Smoky Mountains with the best views!
3. Gatlinburg Space Needle
Get one of the best 360 degree views of the mountains without leaving the heart of Gatlinburg. Ride a glass elevator over 400 feet above town to the top deck of the Space Needle. From here you will see one of the best views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains surrounding you. You can use SeeCoast finders to get an even closer view of the mountains and the city below. When you purchase admission to the Gatlinburg Space Needle you can actually go up twice! We would recommend once during the day and once at night so you can see the night lights of downtown.
4. Gatlinburg Bypass
The Gatlinburg Bypass is a 3.6 mile long bypass that connects from the “Spur” or Route 321 to inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along Route 441. The Bypass offers several pull off locations for you to snap some fantastic shots of the Smoky Mountains and a distant view of Gatlinburg. The Bypass is open year round, but will close when severe weather conditions won’t permit safe driving. This off the the beaten path road, will offer you some of the best mountain views in Gatlinburg.
Black Bear Inn and Suites is within minutes of walking distance or a very short drive from all of these attractions and beautiful mountain views. When you stay with us you’ll discover our convenient location in Gatlinburg, but also have some nice views of cozy, spacious suites that you get to come back and relax in after a day of exploring in the Smokies. Learn about each suite to decide which is best for your trip!