The best part of summer vacation is being able to take a break from the usual routine, slow down a bit, see something different and actually have quality time with loved ones and friends. When thinking about that kind of group travel, a getaway to Pigeon Forge, TN, seems to fit exactly that bill. Located in the eastern part of the state and surrounded by the Smokey Mountains, this quaint town has something for the whole family.
The Smoky Mountains National Park offers group travelers a chance to step into one of our greatest treasures. The mountains are 95% forest, and provide a lush home to diverse wildlife. While exploring the 800-miles of trails either by foot, car or horseback, you’ll discover streams, waterfalls and numerous flowering plants.
Named after one of the jewels of country music, the Dollywood amusement park spans 150-acres just at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. There are kids of all ages can play on more than 40 rides and attractions, including the FireChaser Express, the nation’s first forward and backward dual-launch family coaster. If the day gets a bit warm for your group, head next door to Dollywood’s Splash Country, a 35-acre water park, boasting Tennessee’s “first and only water coaster,” plus more leisurely wave pools and a lazy river.
There’s no shortage of amazing evening entertainment while in the heart of Tennessee, and they provide a strong complement to the Dollywood theme park and Smoky Mountain Park. The area has 14-theaters, offering a variety of music, comedy, horses, as well as a murder mystery. In fact, five productions have a combo of dinner and a show, providing a great value for the group, along with laughs and entertainment.
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