One of the most historical train rides with some of the best scenic views in the United States is a short 90 minute drive from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad owns and operates the line from Dillsboro to Andrews in North Carolina.
As the chilly winter wind sweeps across your face the holidays tickle your senses, calling you to join in all the upcoming fun. Hot chocolate with marshmallows, warm, toasty fires, gatherings with friends and family, and more are just around the corner. Memories of lights and decorations as well as feasts and gift giving fill your thoughts and you become anxious for all a traditional holiday season has to offer. The Smoky Mountains deliver four months of unforgettable, fun-filled sights and events for you and your family to enjoy (starting right now!) in one of its most popular festivals: Winterfest.
If you're an animal lover then the Smoky Mountains is the place for you. Sure might expect to find bears, elk and owls that live in the wilderness, but did you know you'll also find prehistoric dinosaurs? And animals from the rainforest. Bet you can't imagine sea creatures in the mountains! It's true. You'll find all of these fascinating creatures and many more when you visit the Smokies.
High atop Ski Mountain overlooking Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is Ober Gatlinburg: the winter vacation destination within a day's drive of over 50 percent of the United States population. At Ober Gatlinburg you can find resort-style skiing with friendly certified instructors. All of the ski instructors at this Gatlinburg Attraction are trained regarding modern equipment and techniques. Visitors will feel confident knowing the ski school is a member of both the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the Swiss Ski School organization.
Most of us have a favorite Christmas memory. For some, it's decorating the tree with elaborate ornaments, tinsel and a star on top. For some it's the heartwarming smell of evergreen or cinnamon. Others might reflect on hopeful visits with Santa Claus himself or watching elated little ones open gifts on Christmas morning. Everyone is sure to look forward to the comforting tastes and smells of homemade Christmas dinners. The best memory, however, is probably one of spending time with loved ones and sharing family traditions that make memories for years to come. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy the Christmas season anytime you wanted? With a visit to The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, you can do just that.
The Smoky Mountains is a great place to visit any time of year, but when Old Man Winter covers it in a blanket of white it looks simply stunning. Not only is it a beautiful place to see, but it also offers tons of wintertime adventure. If you're the outdoorsy type, make plans to go skiing and hiking in the Smokies this winter. It just doesn't get much better than this!
Up, Up, and Away! Safer than a hot air balloon, feel as if you are flying when you board the famous Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway. Experience some glorious views of The Great Smoky Mountains as you travel from the base to the top of Ski Mountain: views of birds and clouds, above beautiful trees and resort chalets, and even a scenic view of Gatlinburg, TN nestled in the valley below. There are actually two tramway that operate simultaneously with a maximum capacity of 120 people on each car. The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is open year-round, carrying rides to the popular destination Ober Gatlinburg, with activities for every season. The ski offers several slopes from beginner to advanced, and generates snowfall regularly in the absence of natural precipitation.