World's Coolest Observation Decks

Find some of the world’s most thrilling views atop a growing number of observation decks.

Clingmans Dome, Great SmokyMountains National Park, TN

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Not only is Clingmans Dome the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s also Tennessee’s top peak and the second-highest apex east of the Mississippi. In theory, this overlook affords 100-mile views across seven states. But even the park service admits you’re unlikely to be that lucky: on most days, air pollution limits the view to just 22 miles. It’s still glorious.

Observe This: Clingmans Dome is open throughout the year, but the access road closes from December 1 to May 31. Visitors are still welcome to hike or cross-country ski to the overlook. —Jeff Koyen

World's Coolest Observation Decks

Clingmans Dome, Great SmokyMountains National Park, TN

Not only is Clingmans Dome the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s also Tennessee’s top peak and the second-highest apex east of the Mississippi. In theory, this overlook affords 100-mile views across seven states. But even the park service admits you’re unlikely to be that lucky: on most days, air pollution limits the view to just 22 miles. It’s still glorious.

Observe This: Clingmans Dome is open throughout the year, but the access road closes from December 1 to May 31. Visitors are still welcome to hike or cross-country ski to the overlook. —Jeff Koyen

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