One of the last places we stopped on the way back from Texas was the highest point in Tennessee, a mountaintop in the middle of Great Smokey Mountains National Park. At 6,643 feet above sea level, Clingmans Dome affords a 360 degree view up to 100 miles away on a pollution-free day. A perfect spot for sunrise and sunset.
Because the summit is one of the more popular attractions in the park, it is advisable to arrive early. We didn’t have the opportunity of visiting the overlook at sunrise or sunset, but we did get there before 10:00 in the morning–before the crowds. It is also advisable to visit in the summer. Snow is predicted between the months of September and May, and the road that leads to within a half mile of the crest is closed December through March.