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Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge Attractions

Situated just 6 miles (10 km) apart, the small towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge lie in the foothills of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg draws an endless stream of outdoor enthusiasts with its location on the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while Pigeon Forge has established itself as a country music capital with attractions like Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park and the Dixie Stampede Theater. Beyond these claims to fame, though, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge also play host to a rich variety of museums and adventure activities, offering plenty of ways to fill up your vacation. Prepare to be impressed by everything these neighboring Tennessee towns have to offer, all in the midst of eastern Tennessee's Appalachian splendor.


Areas & Neighborhoods in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

Thanks to their close proximity to one another, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge can be easily explored in a single trip. And no matter which town you choose to stay in, you're never more than a few minutes away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



Though it's best known as the gateway to the national park in its backyard, Gatlinburg is also home to Ober Gatlinburg-Tennessee's only ski area-as well as popular destinations like Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

Pigeon Forge

Just a few miles away from Dolly Parton's hometown of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge bears the legacy of the beloved country superstar. The town's Parton-owned attractions include the Dollywood theme park, Dollywood's Splash Country waterpark, and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited national park in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over 500,000 acres (202,342 ha) of forest-covered peaks, sprawling valleys, hiking trails, and fish-filled waters. At historic Cades Cove, preserved buildings and homesteads offer a snapshot of the area's early settler days.

Things to See in Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge

In addition to the grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains and the country-loving allure of Dollywood, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge boast fascinating museums for you to discover. Get swept up in the tragic story of the RMS


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Museum, the world's largest permanent museum devoted to the legendary ocean liner, or enter the wonderfully weird world of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium. Movie buffs can pay tribute to their favorite stars of the silver screen at the Hollywood Wax Museum or the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, which houses over 40 cars featured in iconic movies and TV shows. At Alcatraz East, interactive displays and artifacts chronicle the intriguing history of crime in the United States.

Sightseeing in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

The list of things to do in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area is an extensive one. Embark on an under-the-sea adventure at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, whose massive collection of marine critters spans playful penguins to giant stingrays and sharks. Outdoor lovers can take advantage of opportunities for adventure in the forests and rivers of the Great Smoky Mountains. Take in the lush scenery as you whiz through the treetops on a zipline canopy tour, or conquer the churning rapids of the Pigeon River on a whitewater rafting trip. For a dose of family-friendly entertainment, don't miss the Smoky Mountain Opry Variety Show, the area's largest musical variety show complete with dazzling costumes, state-of-the-art special effects, and high-flying musicians.

Things to Do in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge with Kids

Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge is a fantastic place for a family getaway. Bring the youngsters along and try these popular family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

There's no need to max out your credit card in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge. The following won't even cost a penny.

Cooter's Place - See if there are any major exhibits, displays or guided tours on at this popular museum.

Old Mill - Amble around this historic place and uncover some secrets from yesteryear.

Island at Pigeon Forge - This is a thriving area where you can soak in the ambiance and experience local life.

Baskins Creek Falls - There's something peaceful about being around water, so stop a while here.

Cupids Chapel of Love - Inject a little spirituality into your vacation by spending some time at this religious site.

Quiet Walkways - Relax and let the natural surrounds soothe your soul.

Herbert Holt Park - If you enjoy working in your garden, this attraction will satisfy your green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

Chalet Village

If you're spending some time in Chalet Village, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park are top sights worth seeing.

Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain might not have many top sights, but Dolly Parton Statue and Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge on a sunny day?

What to do in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge on a rainy day?

If it's bucketing down during your stay, ditch the umbrella and have a go at some of these appealing indoor activities:

What is Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge famous for?

Dollywood lives up to its reputation as a renowned attraction you can't miss.

What should I not miss in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge?

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is one attraction you shouldn't head home without exploring.

Are there cheap things to do in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge?

What can you do in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge for free?

You'll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your pocket with so many great free attractions:

  • Island at Pigeon Forge
  • Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
  • Tanger Outlets
  • Cades Cove