The Gatlinburg area is more congested. Gatlinburg is just a small “strip” mainly. There are tons of small shops and bakeries to walk through and peruse. One of the main attractions in Gatlinburg is the Ripley’s museum and the Aquarium. There is plenty of dinner and shows in Pigeon Forge. Most of your arcades and malls are located within seconds from the main parkway in Pigeon Forge. Both cities though have great restaurants and offer either free or costly entertainment. It will depend on what kind of activities you are looking to do.
If you would prefer to be outdoors rather than shopping and restaurants you could go white water rafting, tubing or kayaking. If you’re an animal lover, you could go horseback riding through the hills and valleys. There are tons of riding stables in Pigeon Forge. You can request a guide. The Pigeon River is a really good place to fish.
You can purchase a fishing permit for Tennessee for a small fee. A very popular spot to hike would be Cades Cover. Cades Cove has many different trails to choose from. You could also stop and enjoy the streams along the road for time of laughter and serenity. Along the way you may run across a couple monuments and old churches. There is a lot of wildlife in the ark as well. The scenery is gorgeous and makes it a perfect area to hike in.
Don’t worry! If your idea of a good time is being inside away from animals and the weather you could take this opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy the show. Pigeon Forge is loaded with dinner and shows. Everything from country music shows, to acrobatic shows, magic shows, and more! One of the most popular dinner shows is the Dixie Stampede. This is a Dolly Parton attraction that will feed your belly as well as your heart with good times, good food and good family. Or check out the Comedy Barn where they will have you laughing all night with their humor. There is also some museums for some of your famous stars.