Higher Learning

Higher Learning is a new way to enjoy the rich history of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Imagine a history lesson, a geography lesson, and a trip to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle; all wrapped into one very fun and educational experience. We like to think of it as view-enhancement—the best and only panoramic view of the Gatlinburg area improved even further.

Ride four-hundred feet to our observation deck overlooking Gatlinburg and the majestic Smoky Mountains. While there, Higher Learning will paint a picture of the area in the days before the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the peak of tourism arrived to our mountain town. Can you conceive corn fields and log cabins where the Gatlinburg Convention Center now stands?

Moreover, Higher Learning tells you in which direction you are looking, and at what you are looking. So, when you continue exploring the area on the ground, you’ll remember the aerial view you enjoyed from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. In each direction, Higher Learning informs you of the roads on which you are looking and the more-popular structures that lie four-hundred feet below. Think of it as your own personal tour guide.

But, the main draw of Higher Learning is the interesting Gatlinburg and Smoky Mountain history it provides. Along with a detailed chronological history of Gatlinburg, Higher Learning provides countless little-known facts about Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains.

For instance, did you know that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his motorcade drove down the Gatlinburg Parkway in 1946 on his way to dedicate the newly-formed Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Or, did you know that the song “Rocky Top” was written in a Gatlinburg hotel, or that Billy Ray Cyrus was married in a Gatlinburg chapel? And this is just a taste of the rich information Higher Learning offers at four-hundred feet above Gatlinburg.

It is no secret that Tennessee boasts one of the most interesting histories in the United States. The history of Gatlinburg and, particularly, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the richer histories in Tennessee. That is why a ride to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle for a lesson in Higher Learning is the perfect school field trip for any class currently studying Tennessee history.

But, it’s also the perfect trip for anyone looking for something to do in Gatlinburg that is rich in both panoramic views and information. Buy your tickets for your course in Higher Learning in our online store today—it’s the cheapest tuition in the South.