Pigeon Forge Travel Guide

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The Great Smoky Mountains are filled with adventure, so there’s never a shortage of things to do when you vacation in Pigeon Forge. Known by many as the home of Dollywood amusement park, this mountain town serves up generous helpings of family friendly entertainment and scenic outdoor excursions—all with a side of Southern hospitality. Get ready for a Great Smoky Mountains vacation you won’t soon forget.

A Mountain Town Experience

With Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™, it’s easy to find your perfect place to stay in Pigeon Forge. You can choose from a variety of rentals, ranging from spacious homes and cozy cabins to modern condos and apartments with resort-like amenities. Wherever your Pigeon Forge adventure takes you, you’re sure to feel right at home during your vacation.

Top Sights in Pigeon Forge

The Titanic Museum

As the largest permanent museum in the country dedicated to the great ship, the Titanic Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains is an experience you won’t want to miss. Head inside and explore all the exhibits, discover incredible artifacts, walk a replica of the Grand Staircase, and explore the multitude of gallery rooms. It’s an enlightening experience for the whole family.

Dollywood

Pigeon Forge is the home of one of the world’s most famous amusement parks—the incomparable Dollywood. Owned by country superstar Dolly Parton, the park features more than 40 rides and attractions, including Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster. You’ll also find some good old-fashioned Southern food and live concerts set to the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. A trip to Dollywood is one of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge.

Old Mill Square

Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the old water-powered gristmill built in 1836 on the banks of the Pigeon River is still functional to this day. The Old Mill Square is a complex of restaurants and specialty shops located on Old Mill Avenue. Pick up some souvenirs at the General Store, stop by The Old Mill Creamy and cool off with a scoop of ice cream—or satisfy your sweet tooth at the Candy Kitchen.

Top Experiences in Pigeon Forge

Tackle Whitewater Rapids

Go for a wild ride with Smoky Mountain Rafting! You’ll hop aboard a raft with certified guides who’ll navigate your journey—helping you maneuver around rocks and pointing out wildlife in the area so you won’t miss a thing. When you ride along the river, you can’t escape getting soaked—but don’t worry, the Big Pigeon River is for inexperienced and experienced paddlers alike, so you’re in for a truly memorable whitewater adventure whatever your skill level.

Stay in the Loop with Local Artists

Spend a relaxing day exploring the 8-mile Arts & Crafts loop just outside Pigeon Forge. Here, you can watch the largest group of independent artisans in North America craft authentic Appalachian brooms, baskets and more by hand. You’ll also want to explore the galleries at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, featuring paintings, hand-blown glass sculptures, and photography from artists all around the world.

Discover the Woman Behind Dollywood

Chasing Rainbows is a state-of-the-art museum featuring interactive and behind-the-scenes collections, stories, and memorabilia from the life and career of Dolly Parton. See costumes from her movies, lavish sequined gowns worn, awards and plaques celebrating her vastly successful career, and more. It’s a special experience you’re sure to remember.

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