The View

The View from The Space NeedleRide the glass elevator over 400 feet and step out to a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains that is unmatched anywhere else in the Smokies.

The Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, straddle the Tennessee-North Carolina border in the Southeastern United States. The Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the most visited national park in the United States. From our observation deck, you will be provided a full panoramic view of these beautiful mountains who take their name from the smoke-like fog which rises from them.

Mount LeConte, the tallest mountain in the eastern United States at 6,593 feet from its immediate base to its highest peak, is easily discernible from the Space Needle’s observation deck, providing the best possible view of this towering mountain and the scenic beauty surrounding it.

You can also enjoy the changing forestry with each season. Observe the lush, green foliage in the summer and the foggy valleys and blooming, colorful wildflowers in the spring. The autumn leaves are vibrant with red, gold, and orange colors, transforming the mountains into a painter’s palette of colors. If you brave the cold, you can witness the most beautiful scene of all—the snow-covered Smokies, which is reminiscent of a Robert Frost poem. The Space Needle is, without a doubt, the best place to admire the changing seasons in the Smoky Mountains.

And thanks to our free SeeCoast view finders, you can also observe all the beautiful features which emanate from the Smokies in close visual proximity. See the blooming flowers, the pristine creeks, and who knows, you may even spot one of the Smoky Mountains’ most notorious species—the black bear.

Higher Learning, the newest feature at the Gatlinburg Space Needle, provides view-seekers with an educational experience steeped in local history and geography—a beautiful view combined with an education in Smoky Mountains 101.

The observation deck also provides a spectacular view of Gatlinburg’s downtown area from one end to the other. Enjoy the sights by day or Gatlinburg’s lights by night.

Don’t forget your camera!