Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour
On this narrated guided tour, you will see all the highlights of the Smoky Mountains. The first stop will be the Old Mill district in Pigeon Forge. While here, you will find a wide variety of shopping opportunities. Whether you are looking for souvenirs, handmade art and crafts, freshly pulled taffy, or interesting antiques, you will find it here. Next, you will be off to the beautiful Wear’s Valley. You will have brunch at Elvira’s Café and have the chance to buy locally made jams & jellies at Mountain Brothers. Then it’s off to the Townsend area, where you can have an coffee at the Artistic Bean. You will then travel along the Foothills Parkway West, where you will have 3 different chances to take photos of the most scenic views in the Smoky Mountains. At the top of the mountain, you will have the option to go on ¼ mile hike to see some of the most amazing views in all directions. You will then head back down the mountain and into the National Park where you will have the chance to take a bathroom break. You will then head to the Elkmont area. While there, you will be enchanted by stories of some of the locals. Tales of Lemuel Ownby and the Walker Sisters will keep you entertained before the final stop at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Your local tour guide will stay with you the whole time to answer any questions.
Please note that our white tour buses will arrive in the upper parking area of the Welcome Center 10-30 minutes before time to leave.
Ride aboard our tour bus to the city of Pigeon Forge. In this area we will be visiting the Old Mill district. You will learn about its history, its heritage, & its people. We will discuss the Old Mill & its multiple uses throughout the years. Built in 1830 & still in operation today, the Old Mill is one of Pigeon Forge's most noted landmarks. Our next stop brings us to Wears Valley. Here we will discuss its name sake, Samuel Wear, a civil war veteran & hero. We will also show you the oldest home in the area which was built in 1818. Among the stops in this area will be Mountain Brothers General Store and Elvira's Cafe where we stop for brunch. Mountain Brothers offers customers a chance to buy local Wears Valley jams, jellies, arts, & music. After an amazing lunch we head on out to the area of Townsend. Here we discuss W.B. Townsend, his little river railroad & lumber company. We will be visiting the Artistic Bean for after brunch coffee, the Little River Railroad & Lumbar Company museum, and the Apple Valley stores. We make our way to the road known as Foothills Parkway West. North Carolina has a road named the Blue Ridge Parkway. Well, our Foothills was suppose to be a similar road on the Tennessee side. Scheduled to be finished by spring 2018 the section known locally as 'the missing link' will open up a new area of the Foothills that sat incomplete for more than 2 decades. On our way up we will make 3 stops to get some of the best photos in the entire region. Once we reach the top there will be an optional hike of 1/4 mile to the observatory to get breathtaking 360 views. Heading down the mountain side we go into the national park. Along the way we may watch videos that tell you about the area of Cades Cove. We don't actually go into the cove but we bring you to it to teach you its history. If the cove was a national park it would be the second most visited park in the United States. We will make a restroom stop at the top before heading back down to Little River Road on our trip towards Gatlinburg. Once we get into the Elkmont area hear tails about such locals as Lemuel Ownby, the Sage of the Smokies. You may also hear tails of the Walker Sisters who made their home in the park area known as Little Greenbriar. As we get closer to Gatlinburg we may make a final stop at Sugarlands Visitor Center depending on time. As you enter into the city you will learn the history of Gatlinburg. We will discuss its founding family and its long heritage as the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. On this amazing 8 hour journey your guide will be there to answer all your questions and to entice you with many tales from both historical and personal experiences. This is a fully narrated tour and our guides are encouraged to share their life stories growing up in rural East TN.
Pickup & Return:
Tour departs from the upper parking lot of the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. Please look for the white tour bus located in the upper parking area of the Welcome Center. Please do not ask about the tours inside the welcome center, they have no information. They do not operate any tours and will not have any information. Your bus will typically arrive 10-30 minutes before departure time.
- Address: 1011 Banner Rd Gatlinburg TN 37738
- Departs at 9:00 am
- Returns at approximately 5:00 pm (varies)
Returns to original departure point.
Departure Times: 9:00am
- Bottled water
- Local guide
Does not include:
- Gratuities (recommended)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Is there any walking involved?
- Approximately how long does the Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour last?
The entire experience lasts approximately 8 hours.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
Great for all ages.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Will there be time allotted for dining on the Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour?
Yes. You will have time for lunch.
- Where does the Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour depart from?
135 East Wears Valley Rd Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
- What sights will actually be visited while on the Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour?
Old Mill District, Elvira's Cafe, Sugarlands Visitor Center
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour?
- What is included in the admission price?
Includes guided sightseeing tour.
- What methods of transportation does the Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour use (if any)? (Give specific vehicle description)