Sunday Ober Gatlinburg celebrated its aerial tramway’s 45th anniversary. 

“We at Ober think that tramway is something of an engineering marvel,” said Carly Schultz with the attraction. “We’re super excited about the fact that we’ve been here for 45 years.”

The aerial tramway is one of 17 nationwide. It gives guests a bird’s-eye view of the Great Smoky Mountains. 

“When you go up in a tram it looks like you’re up in the sky by yourself,” said Franklin Schultz. “It’s like your flying. You feel the breeze it’s just so beautiful outside.”

The tramway opened in 1973 and has been a staple attraction in downtown Gatlinburg ever since. The tram has been taking people up and down the mountain for more than four decades but  still sees new visitors every day.

Shultz says the staff at Ober says they hope the tramway is around for another 45 years. 

“Well, we’re not going anywhere,” said Schultz. “We have a bunch of plans in store for new events and new attractions to be built on the mountain and downtown. We love serving the community of Gatlinburg and want to be here for as long as we can.”

Monday an educational project will be unveiled called “Where the Earth Meets the Sky: the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway gallery.” This gallery will be for guests who are interested in learning more about the tramway. Shultz says the staff at Ober says they hope the tramway is around for another 45 years.