10 Things To Never Forget When Visiting Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge has a lot to offer, from dinner shows, hiking and fine dining to shopping, family attractions and fishing. There is truly something for every taste, which is why this beautiful mountain town appeals to so many. And while a Pigeon Forge vacation is easily tailor made to different wants and needs, there are some things that everyone will want to remember when they travel to this area. So, next time you head to Pigeon Forge, don’t forget to…

  • Prepare for traffic. At times, along the Parkway and its surrounding roads, traffic can get heavy. The holiday season in particular draws large crowds, so remember to be patient and take advantage of walking or the trolley system when possible.
  • Stop and smell the wildflowers. Pigeon Forge is a stimulating place. With so much to do, it can be easy to find yourself rushing from one activity to the next. Take time to stop and enjoy your incredible natural surroundings.
  • Bring your camera. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the national park system for a reason. Be sure to bring your camera – you won’t want to miss a thing.
  • Dress for the weather (changes). If you’re spending the day hiking, it is important to dress appropriately. The weather can change quite a bit as you climb in elevation, so dressing in layers is a good idea. Keeping a poncho, extra sunscreen and even gloves is also a great way to be prepared for any changes.
  • Eat local. Whether you like Italian, Southern, Mexican or Chinese cuisine, there are great local restaurants all throughout Pigeon Forge. Eat local and try something you can’t get anywhere else.
  • Try something new. Instead of just hiking or shopping, try a new activity. Zip line tours, horseback riding and whitewater rafting are just a few of the exciting things Pigeon Forge has to offer. Try something you’ve never done before – you may just get to mark something off your bucket list.
  • Check the city calendar. Year round, there is a lot going on in Pigeon Forge. Check the calendar ahead of time so you can schedule your vacation to coincide with your favorite events.
  • Leave room for dessert. Life’s too short to skip dessert, so don’t. While you may be tempted to stuff yourself at dinner, make sure you leave room for some local fudge, hand dipped chocolates, or freshly pulled taffy.
  • Have a good laugh. Along with museums, arcades and attractions, Pigeon Forge has quite a few comedy and dinner shows. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a good laugh.
  • Relax. At the end of the day, you’ll probably be exhausted from shopping, hiking, riding, fishing and exploring. Cozy up in your mountain cabin and relax by the fire or in your private hot tub for the perfect end to a wonderful vacation.

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