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Quick Smoky Mountain Vacation Ideas for Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge, TN

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Even if you're short on time, there are tons of things to do in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge areas depending on your interests.

Smoky Mountain Attractions For Everyone

Smoky Mountain Attractions For the Family

  • RainForest Adventures is an indoor collection of hundreds of exotic animals. Live animal demonstrations are presented daily. Beautiful birds, reptiles, and mammals are sure to impress the whole family with their playful antics.
  • Make sure to spend some time at Dollywood! Thrill rides, water rides, children's rides, exciting shows and crafts will please every member of the family--regardless of age.
  • Make it a "Dolly" day--and evening! Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge is a show that you just cannot miss. This show combines food, fun, horses, and--ostriches.

Smoky Mountain Attractions For the Outdoors Enthusiast

The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area is an outdoor person's dream with a myriad of hiking trails, fishing spots, walking tours, ski and snowboard areas there is something for everyone.

  • Try a walk in the woods with guided nature walks.
  • Explore amazing trails with Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa LLC Horseback Riding.
  • Go rafting with Pigeon Forge White Water Rafting or Big Pigeon River Lower Section Floating.
  • Take a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Fish at one of many fishing spots in the park including special areas just for kids.
  • Ski or go snowboarding at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.

Smoky Mountain Attractions For the Shopper

  • Visit the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. This is the largest group of independent artists in the country in an 8-mile loop of shops and galleries located just three miles east of Gatlinburg.
  • The Gatlinburg Craftmen's Fair is a semi-annual event that attracts the country's finest crafts people. Watch artists performing their handcrafted specialties such as broom making, candle dripping, woodcarving, quilting, and pottery. Find all kinds of items including toys, leather goods, blankets, lamps, stained glass and even painted saws. Enjoy food and purchase food such as homemade molasses, apple butter, jams 'n' jellies, bread mixes, smoked country hams, sausages, and more. A musical background complements the climate of creativity at the fair as melodies strummed on dulcimer, fiddle, banjo and other traditional instruments fill the air.

Smoky Mountain Attractions For the Music Lover

  • Called the "Best Live Country Music Show in America", Country Tonite Pigeon Forge blends music and laughter in a high-energy performance the whole family will enjoy.

Smoky Mountain Attractions For the Golfer

  • There are many championship courses in the area that offers a wide variety of challenges on both public and private courses. Try the awesome championship 18-hole par-72 Bent Creek Golf Course in Gatlinburg or the 27-hole Dandridge Golf and Country Club located in Dandridge. Both of these courses have been redone recently and offer professional design by those who know golf.

Of course, there are also plenty of lodging options available, so if you are looking to book a complete hotel consider locations like the Econo Lodge Riverside Pigeon Forge or the Clarion Pigeon Forge

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