The best time to take a trip to the Smokies is in the fall. Temperatures drop down to a comfortable level making it easier to get your loved ones to spend some time outdoors! The best part about fall is seeing the leaves change from green to orange, brown, yellow and red. Tons of visitors come from all over the United States to witness the beautiful fall foliage. Here are 4 of the best places to enjoy fall colors in Gatlinburg TN:
1. Aerial Tramway at Ober Gatlinburg
While you’re floating through the sky on the aerial tramway at Ober Gatlinburg you can look out and see the beautiful fall colors. The tramway will take you to the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park. You can enjoy seeing the fall colors on the tramway and then spend a day of fun at Ober Gatlinburg. Your friends and family will love getting an aerial view of the Smokies during any season, but especially when it is fall!
Anakeesta is another mountain-top attraction that’s the perfect place to spot some fall colors! Start your adventure with a ride on the scenic chondola to the top of Anakeesta Mountain. Along the way, you’ll have gorgeous views of the fall foliage, but they get even better at the top. You’ll be surrounded by views of the mountains blanketed in oranges, yellows and reds. You can sit back and relax while you take in the views, or enjoy one of the exciting activities at the attraction, like the Rail Runner mountain coaster or Dueling Zipline Adventure. The kids will love running around on the Treehouse Village Playground or TreeVenture Course, and the adults will love grabbing a drink and soaking in the Smoky Mountain scenery.
3. Gatlinburg Parkway
As you stroll down the Gatlinburg Parkway to enjoy great Gatlinburg shopping, attractions and restaurants, you can also take in the amazing fall colors around you. Anywhere on the Parkway, you’ll be able to see gorgeous mountain views. It’s also a great place to people watch! Not only are the mountains a beautiful sight to see, but downtown Gatlinburg itself is decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and other fall decor.
4. Gatlinburg SkyLift
The Gatlinburg SkyLift has been a popular attraction for years and years. It’s no secret that you’ll have great views of the fall colors in Gatlinburg TN as you ride to the top. Once you get to the top, you’ll have the opportunity to step off onto the SkyDeck. From there, you’ll have 360 degree views of the fall foliage. You can also walk across the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, which is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the country! The bridge offers even better views of the mountains and downtown Gatlinburg. If you work up an appetite crossing the bridge, visit the SkyCenter and grab a bite to eat and a drink while admiring the views. Whether you want to just relax or have some fun while you’re at the SkyLift Park, there are plenty of opportunities for you take in the fall scenery.
Can’t get enough of fall in the Smokies? Check out this blog post on fall hiking trails you can explore in the Great Smoky Mountains.