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Must Visit Attractions in Great Smoky Mountains

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Clingmans Dome

Climbing to the top of Clingmans Dome may be challenging, but the view at the top is well worth the strenuous half-mile (0.8-kilometer) climb. At 6,643 feet (2,024 meters), Clingmans Dome claims the title of both the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the highest point in Tennessee. This spot offers unparalleled views of the Appalachian Mountains, rolling hills, lush forests, and pristine streams that are a treat to the eye. Visitors at the top of the dome can enter the observation tower to witness stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. This spot is a must-visit for those who wish to enjoy breathtaking views of the national park.

107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the United States' most-visited national park. Sprawled across a luxuriant expanse of 522,419 acres (211,416 hectares), the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is split down the middle by the State Line that demarcates the territories of North Carolina and Tennessee. The park is renowned the world over for its remarkably diverse flora and fauna, sheltered by a series of ridges drenched in the cool spray of cascading waterfalls. Dressed in a blanket of dense forests and wildflower-laden meadows stitched together by babbling streams and gushing rivers, spellbinding vistas lay around every corner amid the ancient Appalachian mountains. The scenery transitions with the seasons from the vivid green of summer and the riotous colors of spring to the warm cast of fall and the white shroud of winter. Amid this vibrant and varied landscape, close to 80 historic buildings preserve the southern Appalachian mountain culture, of which the pioneer homestead at Cades Cove is just one. With ample opportunity for activities like hiking, biking, fishing and more, the ethereal allure of the Great Smoky Mountains is impossible to ignore.

107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738
Gatlinburg Sky Lift

If you have ever wanted to be surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains while in the air, now is your chance. The Gatlinburg Sky Lift will carry you to the top of Crockett Mountain, and will provide you with a view of the surrounding area from 1,800 feet (548.64 meters) up. The breathtaking views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have you grasping for your camera to try and capture the stunning panorama. Visitors to the sky lift can also take a night ride, when the landscape is turned into a sea of twinkling lights.

765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

Standing over 200-feet (60-meters) tall, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel offers up views that are hard to beat. Sit in one of the comfortable all-glass compartments and sail up into the sky as the wheel turns 'round. The gondolas can fit eight people each, which means you can enjoy the incredible views of the Smoky Mountains with your whole family or group of friends.

131 Island Drive, The Island in Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge, TN, United States, 37863
The Island in Pigeon Forge

Located off the Parkway, to the north of Pigeon Forge, The Island in Pigeon Forge is an all-in-one family attraction. Spread over 26 acres (10.52 hectares), this 'village' features, among other things, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum, Darrel Waltrip's Racing Experience, Otter Cove and the Carnival Cove. Besides this, The Island in Pigeon Forge also has lodging, plenty of restaurants and a range of event venues that can be utilized for corporate as well as personal events. The Island in Pigeon Forge is also the venue for a range of local festivals and carnivals, and is thus the perfect place to head to if you really want to discover the rich community culture of Tennessee.

131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN, United States, 37863
Cades Cove

Despite its name, Cades Cove is a stunning valley, not a cove. Located promiscuously on the border of both Tennessee and North Carolina, the valley is known for its stunning scenery and abundant wildlife. Visitors to Cades Cove will marvel at the Thunderhead Mountains towering over the valley. Keep a sharp eye on the landscape - bears, white-tailed deer, coyotes, ground hogs, and turkeys have been spotted throughout the area. Visitors can also learn about the Cherokee tribes that used the valley as a hunting ground for hundreds of years and explore the 19th-Century buildings left behind by the area's first European settlers.

Cades Cove Loop Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738
WonderWorks

Expect crazy fun at WonderWorks, a huge amusement park for all ages. Here you will come across thrilling rides such as Space Zone, Inversion Tunnel, Disaster Zone, and others. Children will enjoy the Space Zone ride, where they get to watch educational space films. If you want to feel the tremors of an earthquake, head to the aptly named Disaster Zone. The Laser Tag and Arcade is a huge space of 10000 square feet (929 square meters), where you can indulge in action-packed laser games. Children will also love to explore the Far Out Illusion Gallery with its incredible illusions.

100 Music Road, Pigeon Forge, TN, United States, 37863
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