By Darryl Payne
Posted on May 7, 2013
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.
For the most part, finding places to park when you visit Sevier County is pretty easy. For example, most of the larger attractions like Dollywood, Titanic, Tennessee Smokies, etc. have ample spaces for guests to park their cars and, in some cases, RVs and motorcycles. Even most smaller attractions as well as shops, restaurants and accommodations have their own dedicated parking lots.
Because of its confined boundaries, Gatlinburg tends to present more challenges, especially for those visiting locations along the downtown Parkway. Except for hotels and motels, most places have little, if any, dedicated parking. Your best options are to pay to park in any of the several city-run parking lots as well as three large parking garages. One is adjacent to Ripley's Aquarium, while another is located just across the street. And there are several privately owned parking lots in Gatlinburg. The fees are reasonable.
As for free parking, Pigeon Forge visitors can always try to find a spot at Patriot Park, and in Gatlinburg, you can always try to snag a spot along River Road. Another option for guests in either city is to leave your car at your accommodations and take a trolley to your destination of choice.
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.