Posted by Darryl Payne in Sevierville, TN
Have you ever discovered one of those little-known towns that's just full of surprises? You know…charming, interesting, but maybe not as well known as others? That's the kind of place you remember to visit again and again. While you may be acquainted with the Great Smoky Mountains, you may not be aware of a little gem tucked away near the Smoky Mountains known as Sevierville, Tennessee.
Sevierville's claim to fame is the birthplace of Dolly Parton. Sevierville is the essence of the saying, "Good things come in small packages."
If you like NASCAR®, you'll love the NASCAR® SpeedPark™ in Sevierville. Ranked the 11th most visited attraction in Tennessee by the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development, the NASCAR® SpeedPark™ has something for everyone. There are nine tracks ranging from the Baby Bristol, a 200-foot starter track for kids, to the Intimidator, a challenging track named after the legendary Dale Earnhardt. You'll also find an indoor rock climbing wall, electric speed bumper boats, an interactive arcade, many carnival rides, and an 18-hole medieval miniature golf course.So much to explore!
If shopping is your thing, Sevierville is the place for you. Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center is the largest outlet mall in all of Tennessee. Underarmour, American Eagle, Gap, Tory Burch, Nike, and Northface are just a few of the many brand names for sale here. For true shopaholics, there's also Governor's Crossing Outlet Center. Browse for bargains at Books-A-Million, Your Scrapbook Superstore, VF Vanity Fair, Shoe Carnival, and others. Think shopping is for women only? Think again. Sevierville's Orvis Company Store and Bass Pro Outdoor World will hold the interest most men for hours on end.
If your idea of fun is chasing that little white ball across the green, you'll definitely enjoy the world-class golf courses in Sevierville. Sevierville Golf Club offers two 18-hole championship courses, with ability to also play a front nine-hole course. These challenging courses are surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the Smoky Mountains.
In Sevierville, you'll also find Forbidden Caverns, one of America's most awe-inspiring natural underground wonders. Hundreds of years ago these caves provided shelter during winter for the Eastern Woodland Indians. In the early 1920s, they provided shelter for moonshiners. In June 1967, after three years of development, Forbidden Caverns opened to the public, and has been offering tours ever since.
View one-of-a-kind calcite formations that continue to grow, as well as rare cave onyx or dripstone. Sparkling rock formations, grottos, and towering natural chimneys also await. Try one of the hour-long guided tours through this magnificent wonder. Walk lighted paths as an audio guide describes all the intriguing sights along the way. These caves make Mother Nature proud!
Rainforest Adventure Discovery Zoo is an indoor rainforest that houses over 400 intriguing varieties of animals. These creatures represent more than 130 species that make their homes in rainforests from around the world. You'll see crested porcupines, blue and gold macaws, diamond back terrapins, Texas tarantulas and giant marine toads to name a few. What a great opportunity to view some truly unique creatures that most people only see on television.
Yes, Sevierville is surely a small town with big appeal. In addition to all the activities you'll find, you'll also be centrally located for everything offered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the nearby towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Plan a getaway this weekend to see for yourself what excitement Sevierville holds!
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