Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, nestled in the scenic mountains of eastern Tennessee, give vacationers an opportunity to experience some of America’s most picturesque natural beauty. Located a mere 17 miles from each other, these two historic towns have plenty to offer individually, but when paired in a single trip, make for a once in a lifetime adventure.
Gatlinburg is commonly regarded as the gateway to the 520,000 acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park affords visitors myriad opportunities to partake is outdoor activities*, such as hiking, fishing, rafting, and horseback riding. Once you’ve experienced nature from ground level, take the 342-foot elevator ride to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, and walk around the observation tower’s outdoor terrace to get a rare, 360-degree birds-eye view of the Smoky Mountains. If you want to see even more of the town, take the 2.1 mile ride on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, running from Downtown all the way to the Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park. Hop off at the end of the line and for a day full of fun rides and games.
Pigeon Forge is best known for being the home of Dollywood, the Appalachian theme park owned by legendary country music entertainer Dolly Parton. The 130 acre Dollywood consists of rides, a waterpark, live music shows, and a museum of Dolly Parton’s most famous costumes and memorabilia. Dollywood aside, Pigeon Forge, like the neighboring Gatlinburg, is beautifully positioned in the heart of the Smoky Mountains and allows travelers the opportunity for a cozy retreat. Luxury cabins and breathtaking mountain views may have you considering whether or not you really want to head back to the busy city.
Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, or making the trek to celebrate a country music legend, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are some of our country’s most interesting and scenic locations. If you are looking to explore more of the music scene Tennessee, check out our resorts in Nashville.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Gatlinburg Space Needle
- Gatlinburg Sky Lift
- Roaring Fork