With so many different historical stops and scenic towns – from Nashville to Lynchburg and Gatlinburg to Knoxville – Tennessee is full of thousands of interesting things to do and see. However, no visit to the Volunteer State can be complete without visiting Pigeon Forge. The town is located in East Tennessee, right on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. It offers something for every schedule, personality, and budget.
The mountain resort city of Pigeon Forge is located in Sevier County, situated only five miles away from the mountains. The town is made up of nature enthusiasts, lifelong residents, and tourists from all over the world. Pigeon Forge is an excellent place to visit at any time of the year, offering a beautiful getaway for a weekend, a week-long stay, or longer.
The world-renowned theme park, operated and owned by country music star Dolly Parton, has been a staple in the Smokies for decades. The Dollywood park is open ten months out of the entire year. It offers kids' rides, water attractions, roller coasters, crafts, and entertainment seven days per week. After being at the park all day long and working up a big appetite, you can take the entire family across the street to enjoy a musical dinner revue at Dolly Parton's Stampede.
2. The Titanic Museum Attraction
Although you may think you already know everything about the Titanic and its tragic sinking over one hundred years ago, you will definitely be proven wrong by the Titanic Museum Attraction. The interactive time machine provides an entirely new perspective to the Titanic story that brings it to life. The museum guides its visitors through the interesting lives of the crew and passengers who were on board the infamous ship.
3. Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
The longest downhill ride in the US is the Alpine Coaster, which offers more than a mile of track to adventure seekers. The thrilling experience is open seven days per week, weather-permitting, which allows riders to control the speed of their ride (up to a maximum of 27 mph). The coaster can even be ridden late at night or during the dead of winter.
4. Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud
This thrilling area offers visitors numerous interactive experiences, shows, and events. Rain or shine, the grandstand has climate control and can seat350 people. It is available starting in the spring through December. Visitors can watch competitive lumberjack events such as log rolling, speed climbing, chopping, and ax throwing. Visitors can also participate in competitions, enjoying all of the elements of the lumberjack show in addition to a jump tower, zipline roller coasters, and there will soon be a lumberjack-themed adventure park as well.
5. Hollywood Wax Museum
This is a quirky venue where visitors can pose with some of their favorite characters. The wax museum is open 365 days per year and has displays that include facts on favorite personalities.
6. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
Whenever you are in Tennessee, you must take a sip at one of the many distilleries located in the state. Ole Smoky was the first to be federally licensed as part of the state's efforts to provide East Tennessee with legal moonshine. The distillery is one of the leaders in the production of moonshine. It offers various food products and an outstanding tasting room within an intimate setting. The Pigeon Forge location also provides entertainment. Every day there is live bluegrass music.
The indoor amusement park is an outstanding place to take the entire family, no matter what the outside weather is like or what time of year it is. The venue offers 35,000 square feet worth of indoor attractions and houses exhibits that encourage the imagination and challenge the mind. It offers various themes, including a Physical Challenge Zone, a Light and SoundZone, and Far Out Art Gallery, making the park an absolute must for all those who love adventure.
8. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
You of course cannot visit the Pigeon Forge area without experiencing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The name for the national park comes from the blue mist that continuously surrounds the ridges and peaks, offering visitors access to a total of 500,000 acres of beautiful Southern Appalachian wilderness. Go on a casual stroll r hike to see the area's native elk or enjoy a breathtaking waterfall.
One of the park's most popular areas is Cades Cove. It is definitely worth a visit even though it is about 31 miles away from Pigeon Forge. The 6,800-acre picturesque valley offers visitors tours of various historic structures such as old log cabins and grist mills.