One of Gatlinburg’s oldest continuing attractions made some big news in the area this year for a very good reason, and in this article, we wanted to shine a spotlight on them and give a quick recommendation for you to see why Gatlinburg Sky Lift should be on your itinerary during your next Smoky Mountain visit!
Gatlinburg Sky Lift opened in 1954 and became one of the city’s most iconic attractions while remaining fairly modest to continue offering guests affordable ways to see the mountains at their finest. Located across the street from Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift is a great attraction for people of all ages and a great way to see the mountains and downtown Gatlinburg in its entirety. Your ride passes over the little Pigeon River and Christ in the Smokies way, way up top where you get a bird’s eye view and dozens of picture opportunities. If you feel like staying a while, then go right ahead and do so! It’s extremely isolated on top and a great place to just get out of the way without getting out of the city. If you want something to drink or eat, they have a snack stand and gift shop up top too.
Now open for 2019 and beyond, Gatlinburg Sky Lift introduces the Gatlinburg Sky Bridge! Their website describes Gatlinburg Sky Bridge as, “The Most Spectacular Experience In The Smokies. Located at the top of the Gatlinburg SkyLift, and SkyBridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America and the most spectacular experience in the Smokies. From the mountain-top SkyDeck, the SkyBridge quite literally crosses the sky as it stretches 680 feet across a deep valley in a single span. Guests can walk across at their own pace, taking in the panoramic views and enjoying the spectacular setting before walking back when they’re ready. With a height of 140 feet at its midpoint, the SkyBridge is an incredible but easily attainable experience you’ll remember for a lifetime – especially as you cross the glass-floor panels in the middle of the span.
The last ticket sold at the window is 10:00pm and the SkyBridge closes at 10:30pm.”
Sound good? The Sky Lift and Sky Bridge complex can be a wonderful way to entertain a family or group for an afternoon. See more on them at https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/.