Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
The famous Titanic ocean liner has been resting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for almost 100 years, but now visitors to Pigeon Forge can experience for themselves the magnitude and the beauty of this legendary ship. Located on the Parkway in the city's Music Road area, the massive three-story scale replica of the Titanic showcases hundreds of priceless artifacts in 20 different galleries.
Among the relics are 35 photographs taken by Father Francis Browne, a Jesuit priest and amateur photographer who was on Titanic's maiden voyage, and the master key for Titanic's first-class E deck, which was in the possession of cabin steward Edmund Stone. The key is valued at upwards of $150,000.
Other features include full-size replicas of the Grand Staircase, a first-class suite, a third-class cabin and Titanic's Marconi wireless room. The bridge offers interactive features similar to those of the attraction's sister ship in Branson, Missouri. Visitors can also get hands-on by touching an iceberg, experiencing the chill of 28-degree water, sitting in an actual lifeboat, "steering" the ship and sending an SOS message.
The ship is anchored in water to create the illusion of Titanic at sea, and a 90-minute self-guided tour gives guests the sensation of sailing on the original ship's 1912 maiden voyage. Upon entry, each guest receives a boarding pass bearing the name of an actual Titanic passenger or crewmember, whose fate is revealed on the Memorial Wall at tour's end.