Something is intriguing about landlocked states like Tennessee. For one, those visiting it means they are eager, and for that, they are rewarded gems nurtured by the state’s borders. As such, they’ll be afforded experiences not all travelers can experience, like being hugged by the warming presence of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

There’s one mountain city in the Volunteer State that welcomes tourists to its scenic attractions. Gatlinburg’s location near the park makes it a favorite vacation town, and most of its sites are focused on enjoying the views of the Smokies. There’s the viewing deck of Gatlinburg Space Needle, the ski slopes of Ober, and the adrenaline-filled theme park of Anakeesta. What takes the cake, however, is Gatlinburg Sky Bridge, where the Smokies and heaven seem within grasp.

10 Tickets And Operational Hours

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in summer and until 9 p.m. during winter, spring, and certain holidays. It operates from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. during fall from Sunday to Thursday and until 9 p.m. on other days. The park recommends buying tickets in advance. It has four ticket options that range from $32.95 to $61.94 (combo with Ripley's Believe It Or Not!) for adults and $18.95 to $35.94 (combo) for kids aged four to 11. Whatever they choose, fun is guaranteed.

9 When To Visit Gatlinburg Sky Bridge?

The grand Smokies are always a welcome sight, so visiting the Gatlinburg Sky Bridge can be enjoyed whatever the season. However, others recommend heading to this Tennessee attraction from September to October in time for fall. September is also the area’s offseason, so those who want to be away from the crowd should consider this. As with other destinations, it’s best to visit early in the morning, but dropping by at night will afford guests a unique view of the bridge when it’s lit, literally and figuratively.

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8 Are There Restrictions?

No height or weight requirements, and tourists just need to have the eagerness to explore the park from the entrance to the top. However, those with medical conditions are reminded that there’s a portion in the park where they will need to use a stair. Parts of the park are wheelchair-accessible except for the bridge. Kids, senior citizens, and dogs are welcome to the bridge, with precautions in place for everyone’s safety. Gatlinburg Sky Bridge is a place of fun that everyone should experience.

7 What To Expect?

The Gatlinburg Sky Bridge is almost 700 feet, making it the longest of its kind on the continent. That alone is enough to excite travelers. Add its height of 1,800 feet above sea level, and the bridge is the best seat in town for appreciating the Smokies. In the middle of the path, there’s a glass flooring that will excite thrill-seekers. The question, however, is if tourists have the guts to "pass the glass." End to end, the bridge means business when enjoying the mountainscape and Gatlinburg.

6 How To Get To The Bridge?

Traveling is not always about the destination but the journey. In the case of Gatlinburg, the bridge is the main attraction, but the way up to it is equally stunning. Aboard the Sky Lift, tourists will have breathtaking views of the town as they slowly reach the majestic Crockett Mountain. The ride can be shared by up to three people, making it a perfect bonding moment for couples and friends. The chairlift has been operating since 1954, making it a staple when visiting Gatlinburg.

5 What If Tourists Have Fear Of Heights?

There’s no sugarcoating: the “fear factor” is high when those with a fear of heights visit the Gatlinburg Sky Bridge. Be that as it may, if they are ready to conquer their fear, Gatlinburg is the best place to be. Walking along the bridge is challenging, especially when tourists reach the glass flooring. However, if they successfully reach the end, they’ll have satisfying memories to take home: that of conquering their fear and the inspiring scenery. An 80-year-old woman who conquered her fear of heights on the bridge is proof of that.

4 The Views Are Stunning

Aside from the bridge, the park has a viewing deck with chairs. This is perfect for those who want to start or end their day with stunning views and drinks in hand. The SkyDeck is located atop Crockett Mountain, an awesome place to take in the sights and sounds of the town and the Smokies. Tourists should imagine this: while seated with a loved one, with their hands intertwined, they’ll have the setting sun as the perfect “third wheel.” Nothing beats that.

3 There’s A Hiking Trail

The surprises in Gatlinburg SkyLift Park keep on coming because aside from the lift, bridge, and deck, it also has a hiking trail. Everything is scenic in this Tennessee destination, so a trek is a must. The ⅓-mile trail has the bridge and the mountainscape as background, making it an adept photo-taking spot. Trekkers can start their easy hike from the SkyDeck and then along the boardwalk that will take them by the hillside and then under the bridge. After which, they can visit the Tulip Tower, a 70-feet steel structure with viewing decks. They can then end their journey along a non-boardwalk path where more Smokies view awaits.

2 Nearby Attractions

Another viewing point in Gatlinburg is the Space Needle, a 400-feet observation deck with glass elevators where drinking in the sights and sounds of the town and Smokies is bliss. After sightseeing, families with kids can head to the theme park of Anakeesta for thrilling adventures, or Gatlin's Mini Golf for a quick hole-in-one. Tourists can also stroll along town after visiting such attractions as the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers, and theaters, among others. It seems like Gatlinburg got it all.

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1 Where To Stay?

When tourists can't get enough of Gatlinburg’s gifts, an overnight stay is a must. There are various accommodations in town; some of them offer more Smokies views. Gatlinburg Falls Resort, for instance, is surrounded by woods that complement the awe-inspiring mountainscape. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, meanwhile, is proud of its rustic accommodations that are just right for a day with the Smokies. There are many other lodging options in Gatlinburg, and wherever tourists stay, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed.