By Darryl Payne
Posted on August 17, 2011
Last week, we took an in-depth look at what makes Gatlinburg special for travelers, and this week, it's time to turn our attention to the tourist town of Pigeon Forge.
Even though Gatlinburg was developing as a tourist town as early as the 1940s, Pigeon Forge remained a sleepy little stop on the road until the 1970s. During that decade, tourist attractions and motels began to spring up in an effort to snag vacationers on their way to and from Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.
Two things changed Pigeon Forge forever, though. The 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, which sent people as far away as the Smokies looking for lodging, and the opening of Dollywood in 1986.
Since then, Pigeon Forge has developed into a tourism powerhouse in its own right, offering hundreds of hotel, motel, cabin and condo choices, and yes, 25 years later, Dollywood is still around, going stronger than ever as one of the area's biggest tourism draws.
But that's just scratching the surface. There are dozens of music theaters and world-class attractions like WonderWorks and the Titanic Museum Attraction that are designed to entertain entire families, and there are enough restaurants and shops to feed and clothe and army.
So if you're looking for someplace that's fun and exciting to spend a family vacation in Tennessee, Pigeon Forge is the place to go.
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.