Every month it’s some else’s turn to decide what to do on “Girls’ Night Out” and this month, the task falls to you. It seems like everyone else thinks the only things to do in Gatlinburg after 5 p.m. are to go out to dinner or the local bars. But, since it’s your turn to choose the night’s activity, why not go crazy and do something completely different? After all, shouldn’t Girls’ Night be all about having fun?
What Could Be More Fun?
So, ladies, what could be more enjoyable than a night out where no one needs to do their make-up, you don’t need to dig out your best heels, and no one really cares what you are wearing? You won’t get that if you choose another bar. But, when you choose the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, it’s jeans and sneakers for everyone.
The mountain coaster is open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Night rides are amazing: the track weaves down the side of the mountain like an illuminated tunnel of light. Ladies can ride individually in the single passenger cars or go down together in the two-seat cars.
The Joy of Going Slow
One of the greatest things about the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is that you are the one in control of how slow or fast you go down the tracks. You can go whizzing down the track at up to 35 mph, causing your view to turn into a blurry tunnel of LED lights set against a backdrop of stars and the moon.
Or you can slow down, take your time, and even stop for a few minutes to take in the evening sights, sounds, and smells emanating from the deep forests that surround the track. The track is impeccably maintained, but the forests are allowed to grow close and uninterrupted to ensure the most natural view from your car.
The view from the track spans far out into the valleys and the Great Smoky Mountains. Unlike many things to do in Gatlinburg that charge you full price each time you visit, at the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, you only pay full price for the first ride of the day. After that, subsequent rides are steeply discounted.
Only Part of the Adventure
Riding the mountain coaster is only part of the adventure. Because the coaster is virtually silent, you never know what nocturnal animals you might happen to catch a glimpse of on your way down. The coaster is open all year long, come rain, snow, or sunshine. Even the ride up TO the the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is fun: you get in at the bottom and the uphill lift system takes you to the top where you take off down the track at your own pace.
This will create a Girls’ Night Out your friends are sure to remember, and of course, you can always drop into your favorite watering hole for a nightcap once the mountain coaster closes down for the night.