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Explore The Splendor Of The Smokies

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Anakeesta Theme Park

Experience magic in the mountains at Anakeesta. Featuring a variety of rides, restaurants, shops, and relaxation opportunities, this family-friendly destination combines the beauty of nature with the thrill of a theme park. Soar above the city of Gatlinburg aboard the scenic Chondola. Race through the mountains on the United States’ very first single-rail mountain coaster. Explore enchanting botanical gardens. And don’t forget to shop, eat, and relax! You can do it all at Anakeesta.

Pigeon Forge roller coaster

Gatlinburg

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.

Dolly Wood city view

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.