PIGEON FORGE-DOLLY'S TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN HOME
Nestled alongside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Pigeon Forge, one of the most popular vacation getaways in the southeast U.S.A. You'll understand how "action-packed" fits into Pigeon Forge when you see more than 40 attractions lining the Parkway, not counting all the things to do at Dollywood!
Pigeon Forge is renowned for kid-pleasing good times. Designed with children in mind, a number of special parks, rides and entertainment keep the young ones fascinated and entertained. Plus, plenty of arcades and a teen-pleasing game center. There's plenty to do for the daring and strong of heart. Adventures range from go-cart racing, to indoor sky-diving, to thrill-seeker water rides, to heart-in-your-throat bungee jumping. Meanwhile the easygoing can spend a quiet afternoon playing miniature golf, riding bumper boats or shopping at nearly 200 factory-direct stores, specialty stores and in our craft villages.
Don't forget about the element that puts Tennessee on the map--music! From Dollywood-the entertainment capital of the Smokies-to the rompin' stompin' Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, to the many other music theaters that call Pigeon Forge home, there's certainly something entertaining for absolutely everyone in Pigeon Forge.
Dollywood's one-of-a-kind atmosphere combines the charm and beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with rustic architecture and thousands of colorful flowers to provide a panoramic backdrop for live music shows, unique attractions, fun rides, handmade heritage crafts, special events and the "American Dream Come True" story of Dolly Parton.
Each year the park introduces something new and enticing. Last year, along with other new areas, the park welcomed "Heartsong," a multi-sensory entertainment diorama with Dolly Parton as narrator. The unique attraction allows visitors to see, hear, feel and come to understand why the Smoky Mountains have served as inspiration for a lifetime of Dolly Parton's "Heartsongs." This year brings, according to Dolly herself, the most fun a person can have in bobby socks. The new '50's area, Jukebox Junction, opens at an estimated cost of $6 million dollars and promises rock n' roll '50's style, a combination drive-in/diner, a nostalgic mercantile and a colorful collection of more than a dozen antique cars from the '50's.
Youngsters and the young-at-heart will find more than music in this unique and downright fun part of Pigeon Forge. Don't miss rides at the park which include the whitewater-inspired Smoky Mountain Rampage, an indoor coaster dubbed the Blazing Fury, plus the Dollywood Express, an authentic 110-ton coal-fired train that takes guests on a special five-mile journey.
But that's not all we have to offer in Pigeon Forge. Close to a dozen theaters showcase every type of music imaginable from a tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, to country, bluegrass and gospel. At the Dollywood Showcase of Stars, you'll see performances by some of today's top country acts.
And of course, there's always a rompin', stompin' good time to be had at the Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction. With a friendly North/South rivalry, this fun-filled show includes horseback riding, song, dance and even audience participation in many of the events. The show's costuming, lighting design and special effects were revamped in 1994 by world-class design and production teams responsible for such feats as Michael Jackson's electric jacket and the opening of the 1992 Olympic Games.
Or catch the shows of other great performers and performer look-alikes in Pigeon Forge's many other theaters. Memories Theatre presents the ultimate salute to Elvis, while the Smoky Mountain Jubilee offers up country, bluegrass and gospel music and clogging. At Start of Country, come face to face with performers who recreate the sight, sound and mannerisms of country star such as Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson and others.
If you'd rather shop than sing, take heart. To those who take bargain hunting seriously, shopping in Pigeon Forge ranks as one of the seven great wonders of the world. At nearly 200 factory-direct stores, you'll find back-of-the-store bargains throughout entire shops all over the city. Enjoy savings of 20% to 70% off retail every day on names like Eddie Bauer, Royal Doulton and Black & Decker. Plus, if you time it right you can save even more during the World's Largest Outlet Sale in January and the Winter Savings Fest in February.
You'll also find great value in mountain crafts, for the most part created right before your eyes by skilled craftsmen and women. Not only is this an ideal opportunity to find the perfect gift, or something for the house, it's also an excellent learning opportunity to absorb the culture that makes our mountain heritage unique. There are more than 25 craft and specialty shops in Old Mill Village and hundreds of boutiques scattered throughout the city.
Although you'll never get your fill of Pigeon Forge, people are certain to get full at the numerous restaurants in town. Millions of growling stomachs have been satisfied at the smorgasbord of restaurants in Pigeon Forge. The most difficult part of dining here is choosing where to eat. What's your mood? Family style, where tables groan under the weight of platters of Southern-style homecooked food? Buffet, where the only problem is finding a big-enough plate? Fast food, so you can hurry and get to the shopping and attractions? Italian? Burger? Steak? A huge breakfast to start the day, or a light snack to save room for dinner? Even the most finicky eaters will find the perfect place for that I'm-hungry-but-I-don't-know-what-for-feeling.
Pigeon Forge loves company and that is made obvious by the "guest rooms" they have. A choice of more than 7,000 hotel, motel, chalet, condo, or bed & breakfast rooms is certain to fit your particular needs, as well as your budget. Many accommodations offer luxuries, such as whirlpool, baths, fireplaces and kitchen facilities. Others simply offer comfort and affordability. And if affordability is a concern, be sure to take advantage of the city's value-priced period Sunday through Thursday nights.
If camping is your sport, Pigeon Forge has a dozen campgrounds from which to choose. Most campgrounds have full hook-ups, bathhouses and tent sites, as well as other sure-to-please amenities. Because Pigeon Forge is nestled in the foothills of the Smokies it has the best of all worlds. Roads and trails wind through the park for everyone to use and enjoy. The majestic mountains, clear, bubbling streams and abundance of flora and fauna make coming to Pigeon Forge a true getaway!
Beautiful, incredible mountains. Year-round activity. Lots of fun. A lot of music. And friendly, helpful people. Come share the fun, the adventure and the beauty of action-packed Pigeon Forge.
Visit the Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism or call 1-800-251-9100.|
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