How To Fill A Day At Dollywood

Best coasters in the SoutheastPigeon Forge, Tennessee, is known for many things – its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains, outlet malls, music theaters and much more. But perhaps one of the shiniest jewels in its crown is Dollywood theme park, launched in 1986 by country music superstar (and hometown girl) Dolly Parton.


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Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage in Pigeon Forge

In our last post, we shined the spotlight on some of the best live shows in Pigeon Forge. This time around, we're going to focus a little tighter on one of those shows in particular, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. Located at 2713 Parkway, this pirate-themed extravaganza has become one of the area's most notable live-theater productions. That should come as no surprise since it's produced by Dolly Parton's entertainment company, which also runs Dolly Parton's Stampede (formerly Dixie Stampede), Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show and the Comedy Barn.


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The Best Shows In Pigeon Forge

Dolly Parton's Stampede showFolks are looking forward to getting back to the Great Smoky Mountains this summer. But for most visitors, the Smoky Mountains experience extends beyond the national park and its many outdoor possibilities to include everything from restaurants to shops to fun attractions. Among those attractions is a lineup of shows promising an evening (or an afternoon) of live entertainment that's guaranteed fun for the whole family.


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The 10 Best Attractions In Pigeon Forge

Coaster at Dollywood near ThunderheadImagine that summer is here and you're finally getting to take that family vacation you've waited for since last year. And let's say you've narrowed your travel destination down to the Great Smoky Mountains, and let's say you've narrowed it down even further to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. You've made a great choice. Pigeon Forge has it all when it comes to a total summer-vacation getaway – tons of hotel, motel and overnight rental choices; dozens of restaurants for your dining pleasure; and shops and outlet stores galore.


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Choosing Accommodations When Visiting The Smokies

Smoky Mountains are made for hiking.Summer will be here before you know it, which means that the season for vacation travel will arrive soon as well. However, we recommend not waiting until the last minute to make your travel plans, and that's especially true of lodging providers. Condo, cabin and hotel availabilities tend to get booked up quickly during the peak season months of June, July and August, so now is the best time to start laying the foundation for a summer vacation you'll remember for the rest of your life.


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park - An Overview

View from Cumberland Gap in the Smoky MountainsMillions and millions of people from all over the world visit East Tennessee and Western North Carolina each year. And there are lots of reasons for that. The communities that occupy these respective regions are a vacationer's paradise, offering virtually anything a family or a couple or even an individual could ask for in a getaway, whether it's just for the weekend or an ambitious week-long trip. This region is home to dozens of attractions and hundreds of shops and restaurants – enough options to fill 100 vacations.


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Fall Colors In The Great Smoky Mountains

Beautiful Fall day in the SmokiesThe weather around these parts has been strange this year, for sure. It had been unseasonably warm for fall, and a lot of our visitors were wearing shorts and sandals well into October. As a result, the transformation of our area foliage has been a little behind schedule. Normally, this would be the time of year that the colors would be peaking, but right now, we're just now starting to see those first patches of red, orange and yellow in the lower elevations.


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Destination Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Nice public park to enjoyGatlinburg has been the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains national park since the dedication of the park in 1934. Although times have changed since the 1930s, the role that Gatlinburg plays as the host in welcoming visitors to the Smoky Mountain area remains ever the same. While the tourist mecca that is Gatlinburg was born out of the desire to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the city easily stands today as a vacation destination in its own right. Whether your main interest lies in the great outdoors, the air conditioned indoors, or the opening of restaurant doors, Gatlinburg serves up several combinations that can whet your appetite.


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Welcome Autumn with a Trip to the Sevier County Fair

County Fair offers plenty of fun eventsAs summer comes to a close and you prepare for the chaos of returning to school, it's nice to take a few days off to just relax and rejuvenate your spirit. You don't have to travel far to breathe clean air and soak up the energy of wild green spaces, either. Just a short trip to Sevier County, TN. will allow you and your family to participate in plenty of fun activities while enjoying the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.


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Planning a Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Road to Cumberland Gap - Smoky MountainsPeaceful. Exciting. Quiet. Enlightening. There's hardly any other vacation spot in the country that is as diverse as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.That's why planning a vacation to this landmark destination may take some time.With so much to choose from, making decisions about what to do during your stay and what to leave for your next visit may require a good bit of thought.


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Family-Friendly Vacation Ideas in the Smoky Mountains

Many hiking opportunities in the Smoky MountainsThe Smoky Mountains are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southeastern USA, and with good reason. They have some of the most beautiful views and scenery in the whole of the United States, and more than their fair share of history.


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No Boring Museums Here!

Tons os muscle cars to see here.Be honest. When you hear the word "museum," what's the first thing that comes to mind? A stuffy, boring place full of sculptures, paintings, tapestries and, if you're really lucky, maybe some dinosaur bones?


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10 Strategies For Your Cabin Vacation

Multi bedroom cabin in the mountainsIf you've booked a Pigeon Forge cabin for an upcoming trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, you can count on some great times ahead. Whether you're planning to visit late this summer or some time this fall/winter, the area's natural beauty and abundant recreation, amusement, shopping and dining opportunities will add up to big fun for all.


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Top 10 Reasons To Visit The Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove in the Smoky MountainsWhether you're a first-time visitor staying in a Gatlinburg cabin rental or a long-time fan of the mountains of East Tennessee, you don't have to think hard to come up with a list of reasons to make the trip. In fact, we could probably come up with a hundred or more, but just in case you need just a little more convincing, here are the remaining most popular reasons people cite for heading to the Smokies.


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Experience Smokies History With A Visit To The Walker Sisters

Walker Sisters CabinIt's one thing to read about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains. It's another altogether to step into it and see firsthand the locations and sites that helped shape the character and personality of this little corner of East Tennessee.


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