My personal favorite attraction in Gatlinburg, Tennessee continues to be Anakeesta. They truly have the most breathtaking views of the Great Smokey Mountains once you reach the top of the mountain via chairlift.
What I continue to admire, is their commitment to “plussing” the park every time I come back. This visit, there were a ton of new additions.
For example, Anakeesta now offers rides on the Ridge Rambler. A 20-passenger truck that takes riders from the summit to the top of the park. It’s perfect for those who aren’t too keen on heights or are just looking for an alternative form of transportation.
The biggest push for the fall of 2019 is The Legend of Hallow Mountain. A haunted attraction that runs select nights during September and October. Unfortunately, the event wasn’t operating while I was in the Gatlinburg area.
On the other hand, Anakeesta was definitely decorated for Halloween. My favorite were these two skeletons fishing in a stream at the top of the mountain. Notice the fish skeletons floating in the water!
On select nights after dark, The Legend of Hallow Mountain takes place as a walk-through attraction. During the day, the walkways of Vista Garden are covered with all kinds of spooky decor. However, at night (on event nights) these same areas are filled with live actors and special effects.
Another addition since my last visit was a Beavertails Truck! Sadly, it wasn’t open while I was there. If you haven’t tried a Beavertail, you haven’t lived. A flat deep-fried pastry topped with anything from cinnamon sugar to hazelnut spread. They are fantastic and worth a trip to Anakeesta. I believe this may be the only location in Gatlinburg where you can find them!
At the end of the day, if you do one thing at Anakeesta, it’s take a moment in and soak in the views. There are several areas where you can kick back and relax and just enjoy the Great Smokey Mountains and views of downtown Gatlinburg. Thanks to Anakeesta for having us out again! Can’t wait for my next visit! For more information visit their official website.
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