There is never a shortage of things to do in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Spend the day at The World Famous Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies or take the Tram to Ober Gatlinburg, Visit the Space Needle, or just take a relaxing stroll downtown.
With over 200 factory outlet stores just a short drive away you’ll be in a shopper’s paradise. Tanger Factory Stores at Five Oaks offers famous brands like Liz Claiborne, Bass, Nike, Banana Republic, Lenox, and over 100 others. Spending a day there is not a problem, but don’t worry you’ll save enough to possibly pay for your trip. Shopping doesn’t stop there though, be sure to journey to the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community for handcrafted items from pottery, to wood bowls, candles, and fine paintings.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The park was created in 1934 to protect the last of the forest in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. It was given by the people of Tennessee and North Carolina to the Federal government for all us to enjoy. It is over 520,000 acres in size and has about 10 million visitors per year, the most of any national park. The park features some of the most diverse plant and animal life in the United States due to the great range in elevation and climate The elevation ranges from the top of Mount LeConte which towers over 6,600 feet to the bottom of Abrams creek at 840 feet. You can enjoy high mountain balsam forests, peaceful river valleys, wide open meadows with deer and elk in Cataloochee, and historic cabins and mills throughout the park. It’s best to allocate at least a day to explore. Start at the Sugarlands visitor’s center at the Gatlinburg entrance to the park, there you can view a movie about the park, get insights from a ranger, current weather conditions or just shop the unique shop of park items.