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Top 5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for First-Time Visitors

Top 5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for First-Time Visitors

We know that planning a vacation to a new place can be pretty stressful when you have to fit everything you want to do in a short amount of time. If you are visiting Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, we want to make this daunting task a little easier. Here is a list of five things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge during your first visit!

1. Dollywood

Dollywood entrance signIf you’re looking for fun things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Dollywood should definitely be at the top of your list. It is named after Sevierville, TN’s very own Dolly Parton. This attraction is great because there is a little something for everyone. If you are a thrill seeker, take a ride on one of the park’s many roller coasters! On the other hand, if you are more laid back, go experience one of Dollywood’s many shows. No matter what you are looking for, stop into one of the park’s restaurants for some great southern cooking.

2. Outdoor Gravity Park

Pigeon Forge’s Outdoor Gravity Park holds a unique experience. This attraction is the only zorbing park in the United States. Zorbing was invented in New Zealand and it is the act of rolling down a hill in a giant inflatable ball. There are many courses to choose from and you can ride in the ball with up to 3 people. You will walk away from this attraction knowing what it’s like to be a hamster.

3. Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg signOber Gatlinburg is home to many attractions that change depending on the season. In the warmer months, you can speed down the Alpine Side or climb the rock wall. Later, when the temperature drops, be sure to bundle up and go snow tubing. No matter what season it is, you can be lifted up on the Aerial Tramway to enjoy some gorgeous nature views.

4. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is among the fun things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge because it allows visitors to explore the picturesque wilderness of the Smokies. Additionally, hiking is great because it is a fun and free vacation activity. It does not matter if you are a beginner or an experienced hiker. The park has many different trails for all skill levels. Explore all their maps and decide which one is right for you!

5.Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community

great smoky mountains arts and crafts community signDuring your Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg vacation, you will want a souvenir to remember this special trip. The Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community has many items for you to choose from. The skilled artists and craftsmen create goods such as pottery, paintings, and jewelry. Among the many gift shops, there is a store dedicated solely to all things cherries called So Very Cherry. You can even try making handmade goods yourself at one of the community’s many workshops. A souvenir that you make yourself sounds pretty cool. And who knows? You could uncover a hidden talent.

After a long day of exploring these attractions, we would be happy to provide you with a comfortable place to rest. Read about all of our large cabins in Pigeon Forge to decide which one is best for your vacation!

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