There's so much to enjoy in the Great Smoky Mountains during a summer vacation, but Dollywood theme park is always a family favorite. This year Dollywood is better than ever with tasty new restaurants, exciting new rides, and new high-tech shows. Dollywood also has a new mission for 2017: keeping families together while they enjoy the park. You'll see evidence of the shift all during your visit.
Rainy or snowy vacation days can give you time to relax and enjoy some of the best Smoky Mountain indoor activities. For regular visitors, some indoor attractions are among their favorite ways to have fun in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Here are a few ways to spend a rainy or snowy day in the Great Smoky Mountains:
Besides beautiful scenery, delicious Southern food and exciting wildlife, the Smoky Mountains have plenty of other kinds of entertainment in store for you, including some newly added attractions. Pigeon Forge ranges from thrilling magical theater and high-flying trampoline jumps to mind-bending escape-room puzzles. These new attractions are perfect for rainy days and group activities, too.
Smoky Mountain vacations are best known for fresh air, stunning scenery and exciting outdoor activities. You may believe that bad weather would lead to bored children (and adults!) spending hours trapped in a hotel room with nothing to do. You would be wrong.
When the holidays roll around, it's time for you and your closest friends to set your sights on a little retail therapy and girl time! With no kids, no guys, and no responsibilities, there's no end to the fun you can plan for your girls' getaway.
Summer is over and the chill of fall (along with another school year) is settling in before the impending holiday rush. You deserve a break prior to the hectic Christmas season and shopping in the Smokies is just the ticket.
Smoky Mountains Vacations Offer Something for Everyone
You've planned this trip for months, or maybe even for years. The whole family is looking forward to enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery this country has to offer. Of course, while you're in the Great Smoky Mountains, you won't want to miss out on seeing some of the many attractions. Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and other must-see destinations are definitely on your list.
Now that it's starting to finally warm up here in the Smokies, travelers' thoughts are turning more and more to fun outdoor activities. But maybe you're planning your first trip to the area and have no idea what to choose from all the attractions out there. Or maybe you've been coming here your whole life and are looking for some ideas on something new you can try out with the family. This week, to get you started on the right track, we present the top five outdoor activities as ranked by reviewers on tripadvisor.com:
It seems that any time you visit a vacation destination, at one point or another, parking becomes a concern. Especially in urban locations, parking is at a premium and can present a real challenge.
It won't be long until the days will be warm enough for you to slip on a bathing suit and hit your favorite water park in the Smokies. Visitors to the area have two main choices when it comes to water park fun-Dollywood's Splash Country and Wilderness At The Smokies Resort. And whether you've ever been to either location or not, both have new activities to offer their guests for 2013.
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to go back to the simpler life? Perhaps a visit back to Main Street in the 1950's? Well, come and see what the new attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is all about. This unique shopping experience is patterned after some lovely small towns in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. The nostalgia is great with a collection of shops you won't necessarily find just anywhere. You can spend hours at Walden's Landing shopping, dining, playing Putt-Putt, or just resting on the park bench eating your favorite ice-cream cone!
In the Smoky Mountains, hayrides are as much a part of fall as pumpkins, arts and crafts, and the changing of the leaves. An autumn tradition for centuries, countless kids and adults look forward with great anticipation to the coming of fall so they can participate in this time-honored activity. Why? Because hayrides are more than just sitting atop dried grass while you're pulled along a dusty, dirt road. Like a country version of a New York City carriage ride through Central Park, hayrides offer a time to snuggle close, enjoy the outdoor scenery, chat and have some fun.
Breathtaking views of majestic mountains, seasonal festivals and activities, and numerous species of plants and wildlife. These are just a few of the reasons the Great Smoky Mountains are so wildly popular. While visiting the Smoky Mountains, however, make sure to allow time to explore the amazing sights of nearby cities. Lookout Mountain is only 90 minutes from Gatlinburg in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There you'll find historic caverns, intriguing rock formations and railway cars that seem to reach the sky.
Dolly Parton is Sevier County's favorite daughter. Her life began deep in the Smoky Mountains and her humble beginnings didn't stop her from the climb to stardom that she has today. Many of her best songs echo of the hardships and love she has for this area. Dolly Parton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Nashville Star Walk. She has 25 songs that reached number one on the Billboard country charts, with 110 charted singles and 41 Top 10 albums, which is an achievement to be very proud of. This talented entertainer has also gone on to star on the silver screen in movies such as; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Straight Talk, Steel Magnolias, Nine to Five and Rhinestone. In 1999, Dolly Parton was given the highest of honors and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Yet all this success hasn't taken the small-town girl out of the talented singer. Every year, Dolly Parton returns to the city of her birth to grand marshal the DollyWood Parade that celebrates the season opening of her theme parks; DollyWood and DollyWood Splash Country.
The Smoky Mountains is a great place to visit any time of year, but when Old Man Winter covers it in a blanket of white it looks simply stunning. Not only is it a beautiful place to see, but it also offers tons of wintertime adventure. If you're the outdoorsy type, make plans to go skiing and hiking in the Smokies this winter. It just doesn't get much better than this!