By Darryl Payne
Posted on December 16, 2010
Without a doubt, every town in the Smokies has its own unique offerings that make it worthwhile to visit. This week, we'll take a closer look at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which lies halfway between Sevierville and Gatlinburg when traveling toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Pigeon Forge, of course, is home to Dollywood theme park, which is just a few miles off the Parkway, but much of what you would want to experience in Pigeon Forge can be found either directly on the Parkway-which runs the length of town-or just a block or two off the road.
There are dozens of attractions, including a variety of music theaters (like Comedy Barn and Dolly Parton's Stampede), unique experience-oriented museums like WonderWorks, and the new Titanic museum attraction. Also look for adventurous activities like ziplines, ATV rides and the downhill fun of Zorb. Filling in the gaps are all kinds go-cart tracks, arcades, miniature golf courses and family-center-style rides and amusements.
Pigeon Forge is also known for its shopping. The town is home to four outlet malls and dozens of independently owned shops and destinations offering a cornucopia of retail bounty. Belz Factory Outlet World and The Old Mill complex in particular are two popular visitor stops. Rounding out the town's offerings is an eclectic array of restaurants and diverse lodgings that range from hotels, motels and condos to cabins and bed and breakfast inns.
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.