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For a bird's-eye view of the Gatlinburg area and the Smokies, hop on the Ober Gatlinburg Tramway, one of the country's largest tramways. Catch the tram in downtown Gatlinburg for a 2.1-mile ride up the mountain to its peak at 11,088 feet. At the top, you'll find shopping, dining, an amusement park, an ice skating rink and a small zoo (note that all of the Ober Gatlinburg attractions require additional fees not included in your tramway ticket). To continue your vertical ascent, you can take the chair lift from the peak (for an additional charge) for even more incredible views.

Although most recent visitors said the views were amazing, some described the cable car ride as scary. Others were disappointed with the state of the attractions at the top, and more than one recent guest complained about the customer service. However, other travelers loved the variety of shops, as well as the Ski Mountain Coaster and the alpine slide.

Catch the cable car in downtown Gatlinburg at Parkway and LeConte Street. A round-trip fare costs $12 for adults and $9.50 for children ages 5 to 11. The tram runs from 9:30 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:40 p.m. To learn more about the aerial tram and all of its attractions, visit its website.

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#1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park One of only a few national parks that do not charge an admission fee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also the most visited, welcoming more than 10 million travelers ... Read more » Courtesy Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Complimentary moonshine tastings – like this one at the Ole Smoky Distillery – are one of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg (for those of age). Sugarlands Distilling Company is also a visitor favorite for sipping "shine." Courtesy Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

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