By Darryl Payne
Posted on May 4, 2012
Any seasoned Smoky Mountain visitor knows that as the weather improves and Memorial Day and summer approach, traffic starts to get a little heavier in the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. On some weekends, especially when there’s a car show in town or some other holiday-related event, the going can get very slow, sometimes turning what should be a pleasant family outing into a contentious test of nerves and patience.
One great way to eliminate some of the hassle is to consider alternative methods of transportation. These may not get you where you’re going any quicker, but it can help eliminate some of the frustrations that can come with sitting behind the wheel, stuck in traffic.
First, consider taking a trolley. The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg both have their own trolley systems, offering a variety of routes that cover just about any major section of town you’d want to visit, whether it’s the outlet malls in Sevierville, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge or the Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg. Fares range from 50 cents to $2 per person, depending on the route and the destination. Trolleys are heated for comfort in winter.
Another option is to go on foot. Walking is great exercise (not a bad idea when you’re eating big on vacation!), and it can come in especially handy if you’re staying in any of the Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg hotels, which are often located near many of the major attractions, shops and restaurants that vacationers like to visit.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.