Just back from a few days in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. If you’ve never been, it’s a great place to go with the family. Plenty to do outdoors – hiking, tubing, etc – along with kinds of tourist traps - mini golf, go cart tracks, fudge shops and more.
Our highlight was a day at Dollywood. My girls are 14 and 18 and they both had a blast.
Things to NOT miss:
- Cinnamon bread at the Grist Mill
- The $16 refill cup – we shared one and filled it over and over
- The roller coasters
- Premium parking (pay the extra money to park close, avoid the trams and have your own park entrance)
I’m a bit torn on the Time Saver Pass. It's an add-on that lets you skip the regular line and move right to the front (ala Express Pass at Universal). If you are a big coaster rider, I’d say get them in advance (especially in summer). The longest line was 80 minutes on their biggest coaster in early afternoon, so the Time Saver would get you on more rides in the day.
The park is clean, employees are friendly and the variety of rides is great – including a whole lot of rides for younger kids.
Would I go back? Yes. We all decided we wouldn’t do two days in a row at the park though – one was enough and allows us a good reason to go back and revisit some things another time.
As far as accommodations, there are plenty of hotels and campgrounds around but you can also book a VRBO with a hot tub and pool table like we did and relax away from the crowds in the evening.
Here’s hoping you’ve got some plans to hit the road and see something new!
Dry Guy Andy