For most vacationers traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the primary destinations include Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. These are the towns that have traditionally been the most synonymous with tourism in the area. However, there's another town in Sevier County that's worth your attention: Sevierville. For years, many have simply regarded it as the doorstep to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and the national park, just the little town you pass through on your way to the good stuff.
Arts and crafts in the Great Smoky Mountains have a rich history. In addition to the mountains themselves, crafts were one of the original factors that started drawing tourists to the area in the first half of the 20th century. The public's appetite for acquiring hand-made pieces of art and craftwork grew steadily over the years, and today, the original works of skilled local artisans continue to be one of the area's top draws.
Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee can be a fun-filled adventure. Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville comprise a 25-mile corridor of tourist destinations that can fill a lifetime's worth of vacations. With everything from attractions and shops to restaurants and overnight lodging providers, these three communities are an enchanted gateway to the most visited national park in the nation.
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.