Deep in the southern sub-ranges of the Appalachian Trail, the Smoky Mountains rise to form the famous blue ridges of Tennessee. Here, in the undulating foothills and rugged Cherokee valleys, the town of Pigeon Forge stands as an authentic image of U.S. mountain life and a veritable hub of family fun in the very midst of nature. Once a peaceful hill town of Sevier County, today the clusters of bars and pubs, dance halls and music rooms that pepper the western fork of Little Pigeon River represent one of the best-loved local hot spots of wholesome vacationing in the whole of Dixie.
Pigeon Forge is just 50 miles from the city of Knoxville and 3.5-hour drive from the state capital, Nashville.
This museum proves a hit with families looking to immerse themselves in the historical character of the Titanic. Complete with a one million dollar replica of the iconic grand staircase of the ship’s upper decks, the museum allows visitors to get seriously hands-on during the course of the exhibition; from shoveling coal in the engine room, to experiencing the cold of iceberg waters.
Dolly Parton, Tennessee’s very own musical legend, presents this action-packed theme park that’s got something for everyone. Children will love the miniature Smoky Mountain Railroad and adrenaline-seekers will feel right at home on one of the park's three roller coasters, while for those after a little bit of local heritage, the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame is a great way to get a feel for this region’s musical past.
Family fun is the name of the game at the Dixie Stampede Dinner. This full-frills eatery is as theatrical as it is tasty, and meals are always accompanied with a variety of entertainment. From horse riding stunts to full-blown musical productions, the events calendar is as jam-packed as its enticing menu, so be sure not to miss out!
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This creaky lumber building offers one of the most authentic southern-style dining experiences in town. Set in one of Pigeon Forge’s oldest areas, the Old Mill Pottery House is famous for its hearty breakfasts and rustic bread. The nearby general store sells locally sourced ingredients that are perfect for traveling visitors who want to recreate the Smoky Mountain flavors themselves.
Set in a magnificent Bavarian chalet, the Inn at Christmas Place is a rich concoction of modern amenities and authentic coziness. Richly decorated throughout, the hotel comes complete with both indoor and outdoor pools, large conference suite and extensive landscaped gardens. At Christmas the hotel comes into its own, and a number of festive events dominate the calendar; from crafts workshops to visits from Santa himself!
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