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Explore The Splendor Of The Smokies

Pigeon Forge roller coaster


People travel from all over the world to vacation in Gatlinburg, which is widely considered one of the country’s greatest mountain resort towns. Surrounded on three sides by the spectacular beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, this incredibly walkable town is a treasure trove of must-see sights and attractions. The Downtown Parkway runs the length of town, each step offering great dining, shopping and sightseeing attractions.

Highlights include the Gatlinburg Aerial Tram, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park and not one but nine Ripley’s-themed attractions, including Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. When your family gets hungry, there are more than 100 restaurants in town, serving everything from delicious Southern cuisine (think barbecue, fresh mountain trout and stone ground grits) to Italian, Mexican and classic steakhouse fare.

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Pigeon Forge

Like Gatlinburg, neighboring Pigeon Forge offers a breathtaking array of attractions, including Dollywood, country musician Dolly Parton’s beloved theme park, a Titanic Museum and WonderWorks, an indoor amusement park. One of the town’s newest attractions is The Island, a shopping and entertainment complex featuring 35+ shops, dozens of restaurants, rides and games, including the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot observation wheel. There are also choreographed fountains that “dance” to live music.

And speaking of music, if you love toe-tapping tunes, Pigeon Forge delights with country music shows like the Smoky Mountain Opry and Country Tonite Theatre, as well as family-friendly dinner shows like Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show.