We all know that visiting the Great Smoky Mountains is fun for all ages. There are cool activities and attractions where moms, dads, kids and grandparents can all get in on the good times together. But sometimes, the young 'uns don't always appreciate the same things we grownups do. Sometimes, when you're on vacation, it's worth it to visit places that offer experiences that are either specifically designed for kids or, at the very least, offer things kids think are cool and fun.
When most of us think about the process of learning about history, we probably think about those classes we took in high school and college. The endless recitations of names and dates and places that were enough to lull us into sleep. The dry history books that could often be mind-numbingly dull.
Remember the classic nursery rhyme line, “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall?” Most of us probably assumed that this meant Humpty fell off the wall he was sitting on. But maybe we've been looking at it wrong all these years. Maybe it meant Humpty had a great fall season. Eh? Eh?
Are you headed to the Smokies in the near future? You're in for a treat! Exciting new attractions let you discover sinister partners in crime, view sharks through a glass-bottom boat at the aquarium, go snow tubing in summertime, and much more. Here are some of the newest Smoky Mountain attractions that await you.
Pigeon 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.
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.
Folks 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.
Imagine 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.
Millions 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.
The 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.
Gatlinburg 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.
As 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.