Anakeesta Opens New Tower, Now Downtown Gatlinburg’s Highest Point

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Anakeesta is unveiling AnaVista Tower, now downtown Gatlinburg’s highest point. Offering 360-degree views of the Smokies and the only one of its kind in the world, AnaVista Tower offers a unique view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding states.

Nearly two million people have visited Anakeesta since it opened less than three years ago in one of Tennessee’s most popular tourist destinations. Anakeesta’s growth is expected to further add to the economic success and record-breaking number of tourists who visit Sevier County, said officials.

The opening of this “crowning jewel” atop Anakeesta is part of its $6.5 million expansion. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash will be on hand at the opening celebration to help with a special commemoration. Mark Adams, CEO/president of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, will speak about the tower’s significance during Gatlinburg’s 75th Anniversary year. 

In just a few short months, Anakeesta has transformed its mountaintop in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg to offer visitors even more authentic outdoor Smoky Mountain experiences.  Anakeesta’s wide open spaces and fresh mountain air offer visitors a safe place to share some of the best views of the Smokies – just a Chondola ride away.


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