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Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains Travel Guide

Jun 10, 2021
Today we

travel

to Tennessee as we explore what to do in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area, all against the beautiful backdrop of the Smoky Mountains. The negative waves have worn you down, maybe all you need is a trip to the crowded part of the country. of adventures where the people are friendly life is simple and the American flag flies proudly

gatlinburg

and

pigeon

forge

are two separate areas with different types of adventures however they are compatible to provide something for everyone we will start in the mountain resort town of

gatlinburg

39 miles southeast of knoxville a gateway to the Smoky Mountains a land of roller coasters zip lines aerial rides and museums then we

travel

ed seven miles down the little

pigeon

river to pigeon

forge

a land of dinner theaters vintage cars and amusement parks a Throughout the video we will take a few excursions on some hiking bike trails, gatlinburg trail, cades cove and twin creeks trail and of course every adventure in the Smokies has to include some rafting so if you are a thrill seeker we Looking for adventure or just want to relax and enjoy the view.
gatlinburg   pigeon forge and the smoky mountains travel guide
You'll find it in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We will also offer advice on pet friendly accommodation, food, travel and give you information on all the adventure spots. Well, we have a lot to show you as you plan your Smoky Mountain vacation. It's time to fill up the flux capacitor to travel back in time to a place that will inspire and refresh you as you move into the future, so sit back, relax, and hold onto dear life as we explore Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. We started our trip in Gatlinburg, which borders the Smoky Mountains National Park, while Pigeon Forge is more spread out.
gatlinburg   pigeon forge and the smoky mountains travel guide

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gatlinburg pigeon forge and the smoky mountains travel guide...

Gatlinburg is more condensed and most attractions are within walking distance, about a mile and a half, as a result, traffic on Route 441 is off the main drag. It can be very, very congested, I mean it can take 30 to 40 minutes to travel just one mile, so you may want to stay very close to the Parkway so you can walk wherever you want to go. We found this pet-friendly Super 8 in historic wilderness. Trail path was great, reasonable rates, clean rooms, you can park right next to your room which I love, it's convenient and there are plenty of green areas nearby for pets.
gatlinburg   pigeon forge and the smoky mountains travel guide
Being on this side of Gatlinburg is great because, and here's a great tip, there is a road around the Mountain Baskin Creek bypass to Cherokee Orchard Road, which allows you to avoid the extremely congested parts of the Parkway, it will save you a lot of time. There are also other resorts that we will show later in the video. There is plenty of parking downtown so if you want. stay in a cabin in the

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, you have plenty of parking, just getting in and out of Gatlinburg can be crazy. One of Gatlinburg's iconic adventures is a cable car park with 25% discounts for seniors, youth and military.
gatlinburg   pigeon forge and the smoky mountains travel guide
You can ride this. Skylift which includes unlimited rides all day at the top, you can cross the Sky Bridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the US, well unless you go there tonight, just yesterday someone tried to slide off the top glass with a baseball slide. off the bridge and break the glass, so right now it is temporarily closed, but we will reopen very soon for another great view: the 400 foot Arcadia Space Needle for 12.95, you can travel to the best discounts for people seniors, juniors and military viewers located at the top, a great place to watch the sunset at the Basin arcade with over a hundred rides in a large amusement center and pizzeria, which brings me to my only complaint about it In Gatlinburg there are not enough fast food places that stay open late, some of the places close. to nine, which I think is pretty early when people are walking the streets until late, the restaurants can be packed so plan your meal in advance.
A great place that we really liked was the bone steakhouse. Pets Allowed. Excellent meal. I recommend the chicken quesadilla. Good service. I know our office manager liked the old red restaurant with live music. Another great spot was inside the city center plaza. Bigfoot Philly Cheesesteaks. A nice patio to eat. Good enough food-wise. Let's head to one of Gatlinburg's newest and most popular attractions. Anakista. It can be quite busy. therefore I recommend getting an express ticket, it is the same price as a regular ticket 21.99, you just have to choose the time you will visit and you can only ride once while the regular ticket allows you to ride as much as you want during the day.
For me the express ticket was worth it as everyone waited in line, we practically walked there, you can ride an open chairlift or a closed six person gondola. At the top is the firefly village with shops and restaurants, lots of seating areas with a large mountain. views the duel zipline ticket is 57, but with it you get a free express pass for the chairlift and park admission. You can zip line next to your friends, the railway corridor, the first of the four roller coasters that we are going to show. 12.99 extra seemed to be the shortest of all the coasters we rode.
The Treetop Walkway is the longest tree-based bridge in North America, where you walk across a series of elevated bridges suspended 50 to 60 feet in the air. The gardens with a view are a botanical walk through lush gardens filled with a variety of flowers, plants and sculptures that will also open next month in July 2020 an observation tower the newly opened tree company composed of three networks my multiple networks , ropes, logs and hanging platforms, a winding slide that hangs on the stairs and observation platform the memorial trail tells the story of the 2016 fire while the Gatlinburg tourist district escaped extensive damage the surrounding region suffered damage totaling 500 million and unfortunately 14 lives were lost our first excursion to the Smokies will be on the Gatlinburg trail where it begins On the outskirts of town, near the water treatment plant, this trail is one of two trails where bicycles are allowed and pets, of course, if you carry your dog in a backpack like me, you can probably take him to other trails too.
This trail is relatively flat and runs 1.9 miles along the west end of the Little Pigeon River. The foundations and chimneys of several old houses are visible along the trail that ends at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, where you can take a short hike to the falls. Now we turn to the most popular ones. gatlinburg area cades inlet trail is 24 miles from the sugarlands visitor center it takes about 50 minutes to an hour but is a nice scenic drive you can bike ride or take an hour horseback ride on cades cove stables on wednesdays. They restrict vehicle access to cyclists only occasionally.
They have done the same thing on Saturday mornings before 10am. m., which is what we thought it was this morning, but apparently they just changed that, so I checked to make sure, frankly, it wasn't bad even with the cars on. the road in most areas cyclists go faster than cars anyway its an 11 mile loop but there are shortcuts for 7 miles or four miles there are old buildings along the way kate's cove is one of the best places to see wildlife deer wild turkeys woodpeckers birds and black bears there is an estimated one bear per square mile in the Smokies and Cades Cove is one of the best areas to see them now, back downtown let's explore some museums on Parkway Ripley's, Believe it or not, you have eight unique attractions in Gatlinburg where you can get combo passes that include multiple tickets.
There is Ripley's Haunted Adventure. The largest and most popular is Ripley's Aquarium, where you can watch penguins touch a stingray, see sea turtles, or venture into a shark-in-a-glass lagoon. The bottom boat is also part of Ripley's: the former Mac Mini Golf and the Davy Crockett Mini Golf. See some of the most famous cars used in movies at the Hollywood Star Car Museum. The fast and the furious. The Batmobile. The Dukes of Hazzard. The Flintstones from Terminator. Watch a documentary about. the creator of most of these cars smokey and beverly's hillbilly bandit andy griffith ghostbusters back to the future james dean and many more at the riggin terrace mall es heavy ropes a high ropes adventure course climb three stories to take on 38 challenges with rickety bridges suspended ropes and obstacle balancing a laser golf course and escape games next door while the kids swing on sturdy ropes you can shop, eat and relax in the town next door with 27 unique shops in a European-themed town next door Across the street is a Tennessee cider company where you can try apple, pineapple, caramel, cranberry, or pumpkin cider.
Take a tour or try more adult beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company located near Skylift Park before we begin heading to Pigeon Forge. I wanted to show you the other main road in The Gatlinburg River Highway, which runs along the Cliff Branch River, the River Terrace Resort and Conference Center is located here, within walking distance of almost everything in Gatlinburg and right on the river, at Next to River Terrace is the Edgewater Resort and Conference Center, with a covered area and heated outdoor pool, my goodness I wish some of the conferences we filmed had their meetings here.
The mysterious mansion is located next door. This is a pretty serious haunted house. Uber Gatlinburg is a popular ski resort in the winter and a roller coaster waterslide in the summer. a cable car that you can take all year round. It's an impressive 2.1 mile tram ride to the amusement park and ski area. The cost is 15. Returning to the Parkway, it becomes US Route 321 towards Pigeon Forge. Some final adventure spots in Gatlinburg. The loud bear. roller coaster and glider for 29 you can get two rides on the roller coaster and one ride on the glider first the roller coaster and then we will show you the glider now the glider the glider is a little wilder you have to hold on to the handlebars so i hit a gopro in my boot so you can see how wild this ride is.
Your body launches pretty well on this one, moving towards Route 321 is the popular mountain golf course that can't show you much because it's covered in trees. but I've heard it's one of the best mini golf next to hillbilly golf, it's the Gatlinburg roller coaster, it's 16 dollars for a single ride or thirty dollars for a one hour pass or fifty dollars for an all day pass before heading to Pigeon Forge. Let's go rafting in Hartford, a 40 minute drive northeast of Gatlinburg, for bigger rapids there's the Upper Pigeon River and to take it a little easier let's do the Lower Pigeon River.
We will show you three options to start rafting in the smokies where in addition to rafting you can enjoy a ropes challenge circuit, zip lining and rock climbing, they are the yellow rafts of the big creek expeditions or you can combine your rafting with boat trips. horse, chariot racing and pigeon forge, are the blue rafts and big bear rafting, where you can also rent inflatable kayaks, are red rafts. It is seven miles from Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge. A scenic drive along the Little Pigeon River. It can get quite congested here depending on the day and time with the usual accidents around here, so plan the dome accordingly.

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ide zip lines when you first enter Pigeon Forge Dolly Parton Stampede serves a four-course Southern meal followed by a show featuring musical comedy, live animals and pyrotechnics always gets rave reviews.
Hatfield and McCoy interfere with singing, dancing, powerful feats of strength. Amazing stunts. comedy with all-you-can-eat fried chicken and pulled pork barbecue corn on the cob coleslaw Mom's homemade bread and Grandma's special dessert enjoy an authentic mountain experience in the old mill district fill your kitchen with Appalachian flavor or mountain pottery and free artisan wine tastings at Millbridge Winery take a walk along the west end of the Little Pigeon River the oil water wheel of an 1830s mill Smoky Mountain dinner overlooking the river at the Old Mill Restaurant Pigeon Forge is home from various car shows, most from August to October with the big ones in September, but you regularly see classic cars in Pigeon Forge all year round.
Offers can be made. You're looking at a 46 Chevy asking for 32.5 or how about a 51.4 Coin. 427.5 Pigeon Forge has several go-kart track amusement centers quickly. tracks has three different tracks, a three-story elevated track, a professional track and a track foryouth, as well as a skyscraper where riders spin at 60 miles per hour pulling four-g's, the laser port fun center with go-karts that climb a 50-foot spiral tower, mini golf, laser tag, an arcade and an ice cream parlor, the track. Family fun park with blaster boats Bumper cars Magiquest where you use virtual magic wands to solve puzzles as you walk through a high-tech fantasy game Also a mini interactive 18-hole black light golf course located in a speed zone of a Caribbean town amusement park with four unique tracks a slippery slope Tennessee Twister roller coaster track and kiddie track we traveled back down Old Mill Road towards Dollywood we passed by the Tennessee Shine Company distillery where you can take a tour to see how it is It's Moonlight The Rocky Top Roller Coaster is the longest roller coaster in East Tennessee, it lasts over nine minutes, much longer than the other coasters we ride and there are tunnels of scenic props as it goes over more than 20 acres of property, it is so long that you will stop briefly a couple of times during the ride to load just for a couple of seconds definitely one of the best roller coaster attractions Dollywood is the largest amusement park in Pigeon Forge is Dollywood Splash Country a 35 acre water park adjacent to The Water theme park the park is open from May to September the amusement park is open year round with over 40 attractions high energy entertainment a definite must do on any visit to pigeon forge Strengthen your mountain survival skills in Paula Dean's Lumberjack See the adventure park and prove it has a zip line, roller coaster, a ropes course, two unique 80 foot free fall jumps, you can compete in a boom roll , running a fast climb, the show lasts 90 minutes with discounted dining options in Lumberjack Square, while many choose to stay in a cabin in this part. of the country if you are looking for a good pet-friendly hotel in Pigeon Forge.
This Laquita Inn and Super 8 are great options, although we didn't stay here because we wanted to be in Gatlinburg. We checked the reviews for both hotels and they both have great reviews, reasonable rates, and are in a great location because there are about six fast food places within two-tenths of a mile, very convenient. There is also a nice koa in Pigeon Forge, even if you are not in an RV this koa has cabins for rent, check out this playground. One of the largest playgrounds I have seen in a koa, the kids will love it, plus it is a unique place for accommodation, highly rated, in that Christmas place with Bavarian architecture, lush gardens, it has old world charm, oh , friend, look at the most famous pirate.
Blackbeard and his quartermaster Calico Jack as they fight on land, on deck and in the water in the pirate voyage and dinner show they eat a four-course feast amidst beautiful mermaids and tropical birds in a hidden lagoon behind the voyage's theater from the pirates there is the island in paloma forge with a big smoking mountain wheel, you can also experience a ropes course, they have ride creators where you can customize your own remote control car, there is a 7D adventure laser tag, the mountain parrot spinning roller coaster, bumper car shooting gallery and a colorful water fountain show every 30 minutes.
Choreographed to music, also part of the island is the Alcatraz East Crime Museum with 20 exhibit areas showcasing the history of American crime. The consequences of the crime. Good for teaching your children. CSI Forensics next door to the east side of Alcatraz is the comedy breadbasket. Over two hours of clean side splitting. jokes funny pranks and family fun across the street is the jurassic jungle boat ride where you can see flying dinosaurs and sea monsters take a photo with your favorite celebrities from film television and music at the hollywood wax museum part of the wax museum is the castle of chaos an action-packed 5d adventure where you will feel like you are flying racing crashing you will also compete in laser tag competitions next to hatfield and mccoy dinner theater is the titanic museum where you can learn more about that fateful journey from the ss titanic learn about the civil war in an entertaining way at Button Willow's civil war theater, so even if you come to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to recreate and escape, you might also end up relearning some valuable life lessons by reconnecting with the nature in the Smoky Mountains. laugh again at the Pigeon Forge shows or just walk the friendly streets of Gatlinburg.
You see, no matter what color your skin, what your political beliefs are, we all have so much more in common than the differences we have, I'm sure you will. find refreshment in the

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air of the mountains of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We've listed links and directions in the description below to help you plan your Smoky Mountains vacation. We are air media from Tampa. We do travel promotions throughout the United States for licensing or footage. Contact us at information tampa aeree media dot com thanks for watching

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