Pigeon Forge has a lot to offer as a vacation destination. Besides being the home of the famous Dollywood, this town has many of the same amenities you will find in Gatlinburg and much more. There are many options for lodging, dining, and entertainment. The amount of shopping that includes two outlet malls is impressive. The amount of space in Pigeon Forge allows them to do things that Gatlinburg simply cannot. These include attractions like the Titanic Museum and a ton musical dinner theatre options.
Lodging There are numerous opportunities in Pigeon Forge to lay your head at night. These range from small motels to large hotels, campgrounds and cabins, and more. There are a plentiful amount of deals in this town as Pigeon Forge attempts to pry away visitors from Gatlinburg. If you are a thifty shipper you can find deals as low as 24 dollars per night.
Restaurants There are a ton of good options for dining in Pigeon Forge. Fast food, sit down dining, and themed dinner shows are available at every turn. Everything from McDonalds to Tony Romas to the Dixie Stampede are available here. And if pancake houses are your thing, you will find more of them than you could possibly visit in one trip.
Entertainment If being entertained where you stay is important for you, this place has a little bit of everything. Dollywood lives here and draws thousands each day. There are go-carts, bungee jumping, Jurassic Boat Ride, Titanic Museum, helicopter rides, zip lines, indoor skydiving, and much more.
Shopping If you are a shopping aficionado, you will feel like the mother ship is calling you home. As mentioned above, Pigeon Forge is home to outlet malls including Tanger and Belz. There are outlet stores all over the place in this town. Just as in Gatlinburg, you will also find a wide array t-shirt and souvenir shops. There are also some specialty shops, but the majority are made for the first time tourist.
Traffic Though Pigeon Forge boasts a six-lane highway and both center and right-side turning lanes, traffic here can be every bit as problematic as in Gatlinburg. There are many stoplights throughout this town, and each time one goes RED, the traffic builds up immediately. In addition to normal Pigeon Forge traffic, the parkway gets clogged with people going to and leaving from Gatlinburg. The bright spot here is that if you are heading to the national park, you can bypass Gatlinburg completely by taking the Gatlinburg by-pass on your right just before you hit the Gatlinburg city limits. This short drive has some great scenery and lookouts along the way. Unfortunately, going to the mountains this way does add the mileage and time of the Foothills Parkway.
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