This is one of those must-see places in USA.
Nature is beautiful. Its majesty is just sublime. And sometimes, just sometimes, humankind creates structures that make Nature look even ethereal and gorgeous than it already is. One of these structures is the Gatlinburg SkyLift, SkyDeck, and the SkyBridge in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
The SkyBridge gives visitors a chance to experience remarkably beautiful mountain scenery without all the serious hiking. It has drawn much attention from around the globe since opening in 2019 as the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America.
The bridge was a recent addition to a six-decade old tourist attraction, which already consisted of the SkyLift and SkyBridge. According to the website, in the winter of 1953, local innkeeper Rel Maples decided to get a chairlift made behind his property, ann contacted Everett Kircher. After meeting at the proposed site, Mr. Maples agreed to lease the land to Kircher to construct and operate a chairlift himself. That is how the place came to be.
The SkyLift soon became one of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg. Quite a few visitors come to SkyLift once-a-year as part of the tradition. According to Mind Unleashed, it is one of the oldest continuously operated attractions in the Smoky Mountains and located across the street from Ripley’s Believe It or Not, one of many popular attractions in downtown Gatlinburg.
The SkyLift starts in the middle of Gatlinburg town and travels up to the top of Crockett Mountain. The length of this journey is 500 feet. It’s a 20 minute round trip with spectacular views and an option to stop at the mountain-top SkyDeck.
Here are a few more photos of this beautiful place.