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Top 5 Gatlinburg Attractions to See the Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage

This time of year everyone is always a buzz about where to find the best views of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage. While most people will tell you to spend most of your time inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we at Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals have decided to give readers an inside tip on the many great places you can go to still see the leaves, but to also avoid most of the traffic found inside the park. That is why we have put together a list of the best Gatlinburg attractions to see the Smoky Mountains fall foliage.

1. Gatlinburg Space Needle

Gatlinburg Space NeedleThe Gatlinburg Space Needle is one of the most well-recognized Gatlinburg attraction. Sitting high above the other buildings, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is the perfect place for families and visitors to go who want an unobstructed view of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage. Here you will get a 360-degree view of the scenic Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg.

Cost: $8.50 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 60+, $4 for children ages 5-12, children 4 and under are FREE

zip lining in the Smoky Mountains2. ClimbWorks

If you and your family are looking for the best way to enjoy the Smoky Mountains fall foliage while also experiencing a thrilling adventure, look no further than the ClimbWorks attraction in Gatlinburg. Here, guests have the choice between either zip lining or mountain biking. Or, if you are feeling extra adventurous, you can try your hand at a combo experience.

The best part about any trip to ClimbWorks is that the Gatlinburg attraction is great for all ages and experience levels. All the equipment is already there for you, all you have to bring is your sense of excitement.

Cost: $89 for zip lining, $59 for mountain biking.

3. Gatlinburg Bypass

The Gatlinburg Bypass is unlike any of the other attractions on our list. It is more of a roadway than an establishment, but thanks to the scenic overlook that can be found here, it is still a great place for families to go to see the Smoky Mountains fall foliage. Please keep in mind that during the peak season for the leaves, traffic on the Gatlinburg Bypass may be a little heavier than normal, so you may want to schedule extra travel time into your itinerary.

Cost: FREE

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Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway4. Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage from the comfort of a climate-controlled cart. You and your family will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the scenic Smoky Mountains through the glass windows of the cars as you travel from the Gatlinburg Parkway up to Ober Gatlinburg, the only ski resort in Tennessee.

A unique experience, you and your family do not want to skip seeing the leaves from this Gatlinburg attraction.

Cost: $12 for adults, $9.50 for children ages 5-11 (all ticket prices denote round trip prices)

5. Gatlinburg Sky Lift

Similar to the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, visitors to the Gatlinburg Sky Lift will enjoy the chance to sit back and relax as they slowly glide above the treetops for a unique up-close view of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage. However, unlike the aerial tramway, guests will not ride in a climate controlled cart. Therefore, if you do visit this Gatlinburg attraction this season, you may want to bring a light jacket in case you get cold.

Cost: $15 for adults, $11.25 for children

For driving direction to any of the exciting Gatlinburg attractions included on our list, please feel free to use the map below.

If you would like help finding a relaxing Gatlinburg cabin rental to relax in after spending the day exploring one of these thrilling attractions, don’t forget to check out the spacious accommodations that we offer. At Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals, we pride ourselves on bringing guests both the most relaxing and some of the most affordable Smoky Mountain vacation rentals.

To learn more about the cabins that we offer, feel free to give us a call, or you can fill out the Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals contact form on our website. One of our reservation specialists will be in touch with you as soon as possible to answer any and all questions.