Are you a speed demon or do you prefer a leisurely pace? Either way, you will want to pay a visit to one of the most exciting attractions in Gatlinburg, TN and get your fill of one or both. How? By grabbing a ride on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. Just as it sounds, it is a roller coaster that uses the rolling hills and heights of the mountains around Gatlinburg to create its thrills. However, this mountain coaster is utterly unique because it puts you in charge.
As one of the most innovative attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, it blends the beauty of the natural scenery with the fun and excitement of an amusement park ride. It includes a gentle and scenic ride in the lift that takes you all of the way up to the top of the mountain. Then, you can choose to enjoy a solo trip or ride with a friend or family member in a two-person cart; and this is where all of the fun begins.
Why? Because this mountain coaster allows passengers to opt to use the special braking system to enjoy a slower and more relaxed pace to the ride, or they can speed down the slopes without applying the brakes at all. The carts are secured to the tracks and even run silently, leaving you safe to enjoy the power of the gravity rushing you down the slope.
More Ways to Enjoy the Mountain Coaster
Of course, as one of the more unique attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, the mountain coaster should be enjoyed in more ways than one. While you can certainly do two rides, with the first a heart pounding race down the mountain and the second a slower, coast down the tracks, you can also savor a sunset or after dark ride too.
Just consider how this stands apart from other attractions in Gatlinburg, TN. It could be a romantic experience as you and your sweetheart head up the lift for a sunset viewing and then down through the gently changing lights of sunset. It could also be a bit more thrilling with the two of you sharing a mountain coaster cart and racing through the gorgeous night time setting.
It could be a great evening activity for the family, too. Though there are more than enough attractions in Gatlinburg, TN for groups and families, this is one that seems to have something for all. Though there are some age and size limitations (passengers must be over the age of three and more than 38″ tall, and passengers under 56″ will need to ride with an adult), it is an ideal activity for all.
While you definitely want to hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spend time in the shops and restaurants, take in a show or museum, and participate in other activities, the mountain coaster rates as one of those must see attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, and you will find yourself eager to return again and again.