Gatlinburg Space Needle
September 7, 2018

It’s hard to ignore the ​Gatlinburg Space Needle​ when you’re here for vacation — even when you’re staying with us at The Lodge at Five Oaks in Sevierville. There’s many things to do in Gatlinburg, but you’ll find plenty of excitement at this iconic attraction that’ll make the time zip along. No one wants time to go fast on vacation, but we’re going to show you these 4 ways your time won’t be wasted here.

1. The Views at the Top

view of the smoky mountains

The first thing you have to do when you get to the Gatlinburg Space Needle is ride to the top to see the views. Try not to pay too much attention to the sounds and lights of the arcade when you first arrive — save that for your trip back down! Enjoy the ride up 400 feet by watching your feet leave the ground level in the safe and comfortable glass elevator. Once at the top, you’ll have stunning 360-degree views of the Smoky Mountains. Look through the viewfinders to see Crockett Mountain, people-watch downtown, or get amazing close-ups of Mt. LeConte.

2. Taking Tons of Pictures

We hope that you remembered your camera or phone, because you’ll want to pretend you’re a Smoky Mountain photographer seeking out the best shots of the beautiful mountain landscape. It’s really easy to lose track of time filling up space on your phone, and you’ll probably believe you found a new calling as a photographer because there are no bad pictures you can take here. A check of the time may mean that you just spent 2 hours here, but you can rest assured it wasn’t wasted.

3. Gaming in the Arcade

Space Needle with Arcade

You probably can’t believe you just spent that much time being in awe of your superior surroundings. After coming down from that high, now you’re ready to test your hand-eye coordination with the sight you had to resist when you got on the elevator. The arcade should definitely be on your agenda because it’s one of the best ones in the entire area! There are classic pinball games, prize games, and strategy games that’ll have you glued to your seat for the rest of the afternoon. This is especially worthwhile on hot or rainy days in town, so get focused and start your winning ways!

4. Looking for the Right Prize

In an arcade as epically awesome as this one, you’ll probably notice the massive treasure trove of prizes located in the corner of the building. You can use that as motivation for your gaming endeavors, picking games where the rewards are quite high. If you’re lucky, you can accumulate enough points on your card to get some really good prizes. Your only problem will be choosing which one will give you the most satisfaction after your hours of fun!

In the end, not only was the Gatlinburg Space Needle experience worth it, you’ll leave with great memories — and your wonderful prize pick, of course! Book a room at our hotel for your Smoky Mountain vacation, and you are guaranteed to have a worthwhile experience full of great memories!

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