Are you planning a vacation trip to Gatlinburg, TN this summer? Do you have everything you plan to do and all of the places you plan to visit set out? Hopefully, the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is on your list of things to do in Gatlinburg. This is one of the most unique mountain coasters you are likely to find in any state. What makes it so much fun that it should be your first stop, before you do anything else?
This Is the Sound of Silence
Let’s start with the fact that the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is one of the quietest in the world. How is this possible? This mountain coaster uses nothing but gravity to drive the cars from the top to the bottom of the ride. There are no chain drives clanking, no hum of heavy-duty electric motors, nothing but the sound of air whistling past your ears as you cruise to the bottom.
If this isn’t enough for you, think of this: you are in control of your speed. You can keep your hands off the brakes and hit speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Or you can use the brakes to keep your pace nice and slow. This allows you to take your time on the way down, enjoying the magnificent scenery the whole way. You can even stop to enjoy the view or take pictures if you choose to do so.
Safe for Everyone
Since the mountain coaster’s speed is controlled by the driver of the car, the coaster is safe for most ages. You can choose from a single seat or two-seat car and share the ride with a family member. The woods are alive with a range of local critters and the meadows are covered with an incredible carpet of the most spectacular wildflowers, some of which can only be found in this part of Tennessee.
Imagine being able to stop your mountain roller coaster car and take pictures of everything you see. What a great way to start your vacation or family getaway. The whole family can get involved, as kids age 3 and measuring at least 38 inches tall can ride with a driver that is at least 16 years of age. Pay full price for your first ticket and only $8 to re-ride on the same day.
Come for a Day, But Stay for the Night
There are two ways for you and your family to enjoy the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster before you spend too much time looking at the many other things to do in Gatlinburg. First, come for a day ride to see the area with all its amazing natural splendor — you never know what kind of wildlife you might see on your way down. The second is to come back for a night right. The track is lit by thousands of tiny lights to illuminate your way down.