|The beautiful LeConte Center where NQC is held|
While the parks and museums are a huge draw for visitors, one of my favorite things about the area is the natural beauty. Every year we take at least one day to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which you can access through Gatlinburg, just a few miles south of Pigeon Forge. There are numerous driving trails, lookout points, and countless photo opportunities! This year we are planning a sunrise trip for the first time, and I am looking forward to seeing this gorgeous scenery at dawn.
If you're concerned about finding lodging on a budget, don't be. There are hotels, resorts, cabins, campgrounds, and other lodging options for any budget and preference. We have rented a house, rented a cabin, and stayed at various hotels in the area. You can opt for lodging right in town (many of which offer trolley pickup right outside so you don't even have to drive anywhere) or stay somewhere in the mountains for the best views.
As you can see, Pigeon Forge is one of the top vacation destinations. There is so much to do for anyone and everyone, no matter your age, what you like to do, and yes, what you like to eat! Shoppers will be thrilled with the Tangier Outlet Mall as well as all the other local shops, foodies will have the time of their lives, nature-lovers will be astounded at all the hiking, biking, horseback riding, and photography opportunities, and if you're looking for some thrills, Dollywood has some of the best roller coasters in the world! And you won't find nicer people anywhere in the world than in this little tri-city area. Whether it's your first time visiting or you're coming back for yet another round of east Tennessee fun, the folks here will make you feel right at home...and you'll never want to leave!