Smoky Mountain Towns
The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee are a vacation destination unlike any other with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the real star of the show. The magnificent natural wonder is a popular vacation destination on a
In the early part of the 20th century, the Smoky Mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee was an out of the way village populated mainly by immigrants of European heritage. These early settlers constructed a home base much like what they were familiar with in Europe. This is what accounts for the early beginnings of Gatlinburg, which boasts both a European/Germanic name and a European style architectural feel. This European origin gave and continues to give Gatlinburg a unique feel unlike any other popular tourist destination in North America.
Over the years, the city of Gatlinburg has sought to maintain and add to the “old European” flavor which marked its beginnings. Even though a Gatlinburg vacation is
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
One of the real highlights in Pigeon Forge is Dollywood, the famous theme park named after Pigeon Forge’s most famous citizen, Dolly Parton. This park offers thrill rides, a fun-filled water-park, and plenty of Smoky Mountain cultural charm.
Pigeon Forge has many other popular entertainment options that
Pigeon Forge is also home to a variety of historical sites. The city was actually originally named for the Little Pigeon River and a local iron foundry. Remnants of this can still be seen today. Perhaps the most well-known of these yesteryear monuments is the Old Mill and General Store. Here you can explore some old time Smoky Mountain architecture and enjoy some delicious old-style cooking where they “stubbornly adhere to the traditions of the past to ensure quality”.
What remains a lesser known location in the Smokies, though it is slowly growing in popularity as more and more vacationers discover it,
While Gatlinburg is known for its European styling and its artisan shops, and Pigeon Forge is known for its live theatre and theme park attractions, Sevierville is known for its more laid-back, slightly slower pace nature. For this reason, during the high season many Smoky Mountain vacationers find Sevierville to be a pleasant change of pace. And yet, far from being a sleepy little Smoky Mountain town, Sevierville offers a whole host of its own recreational attractions for Tennessee visitors to enjoy. The largest of these attractions: shopping. And the most known host for this activity: the Tanger Shopping Outlet Mall with over 120 different brands.