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!

Gatlinburg, TN


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