Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram

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After breakfast on Tuesday morning we climbed aboard the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.

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For the best view of the magnificent Smoky Mountains, make sure to ride the Aerial Tramway. Departing regularly from downtown Gatlinburg, this cable car will take you on a breathtaking 2.1-mile ride up to the Resort.

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I can’t imagine living in a house perched atop a mountain like that!

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We didn’t care about the resort at all, but we appreciated the opportunity to see God’s handiwork from a different perspective!

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At the top, we disembarked and walked around the resort shops for a few minutes. Nothing exciting in our opinion.

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While we waited for the next tram, I was intrigued to see these huge mechanisms, which seem to be responsible for initiating tram movement? If I’m understanding it correctly, the tram cars are actually counter-balanced so that the downward tram utilizes gravity to hoist the upward tram up. Please forgive me if I stated that incorrectly. I’m clearly not an engineer:)

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We were the first to board the next return tram, securing a space near the open window once again!

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Ah…there’s our dirty Pacifica in the parking lot.

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Round-trip tickets are $12 per adult (and strangely our 13- and 15-year-olds were considered adults), but we had coupons for $1 off apiece. So we spent $44 for our family to ride the tram, plus $5 to park in the Ober Gatlinburg lot for the entire day. [Parking in Gatlinburg is expensive, and we found this lot to be the cheapest, unfortunately.] We thought the tram expense to be worthwhile for the spectacular mountain views, however. I would recommend riding the tram early in the morning to avoid busy times. We would not have wanted to experience the maximum occupancy of 120 passengers per tram!

6.4.13
Gatlinburg, TN

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