10 Things you Wouldn’t Expect to Find in Pigeon Forge


Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is known for being a family-friendly destination. Filled with high school spring breakers and surrounded by a strip full of attractions and entertainment, many people don’t place Pigeon Forge high on their “places I’d like to visit” list. Unbeknownst to most, Pigeon Forge offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a honeymooning couple, a family that usually vacations at up-scale resorts, or a group that takes beach vacations, you will find something in Pigeon Forge that you love!

Christmas Galore

In fact, TIME magazine named Pigeon Forge one of the “9 Most Christmassy Towns in America.” Along with NYC and Washington, Pigeon Forge goes all-out every year, decorating every tree and house eve with 5 million beautiful lights – even bringing in real snow!

Wax Museum
You no longer have to travel to Hollywood to see the faces of Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Opening in spring 2012, The Hollywood Wax Museum will be Pigeon Forge’s newest attraction. The 2.3 million dollar attraction is sure to be an experience you won’t want to miss!

Best Hotel in the Country
TripAdvisor recently names The Inn at Christmas Place one of the “Top 25 Hotels in the U.S.” Ranking sixth on the prestigious list, the picturesque accommodation boasts Bavarian architecture and breathtaking landscaping. The Inn was also names the top-reviewed family-friendly hotel in the city.

Specialty Shopping
While many people are swamped by the area’s many theaters and live shows, Pigeon Forge also offers a variety of specialty shopping destinations. Whether you’re looking for Christmas decorations, art, boutiques or hobby shops, you will find exactly what you’re looking for!

Best Family Destination
TripAdvisor also named Pigeon Forge one of the “Top 10 Best Family Destinations.” Everyone from toddlers to grandparents will love Pigeon Forge for its wide array of entertainment and amusement options.

Fine Dining Options
In addition to family-style restaurants, Pigeon Forge also offer upscale, fine dining options. Try The Lodge at Buckberry Creek for a romantic evening or celebratory meal. You will enjoy the breathtaking view and exquisitely prepared food.

Outlet Malls
If you’re a discount clothing shopper, you can spend weeks browsing in the area’s various outlet malls and clothing stores. Check out the the Pigeon River Crossing Outlet Mall (formerly Belz), the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, the Governor’s Crossing Outlet Mall, and Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center to shop until your heart’s desire!

Pigeon Forge isn’t exactly a historical and educational vacation; however, the town is home to many museums! You can visit the Police Museum, the Dinosaur Walk Museum, the Elvis Museum, the Smoky Mountain Car Museum, the Titanic Museum and more all within a short drive of one another.

Art Galleries
With the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge’s backyard, artists are inspired by the towering peaks and beautiful fall colors. Browse some native art galleries at Jim Gray Gallery, Brint Martin Gallery or the Twisted Vessel Gallery to browse or pick up a piece of your own.

Hot Rods
Several times a year, hot rods and antique cars flood the streets of Pigeon Forge. Whether you’re a car enthusiast or simply like to look at the immaculate cars, you will love these shows. You can visit during Spring Rod Run or Fall Rod Run to enjoy!