Thanks to Dollywood & Dixie Stampede for complimentary admission
to their venues in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Recently I visited Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg for the first time - it was so much fun and the cabin we stayed at was awesome! While we were there we also got to do quite a bit of fun stuff in the city!
There's ample parking and multiple shows each day. You can also usually find some discount coupons at stores in the area.
TRAVEL TIP: Hit up the gift shop BEFORE the show! There's nobody in there - and you're just sitting and waiting to get in anyway!
We got fun drinks and some popcorn and nachos. The drinks come in fun cups that you can take home.
Once you go inside - you have a menu waiting for you...The chicken is a hint of things to come...
creamy vegetable soup
corn on the cob
herb baked potato
soda, tea or coffee
As for the food - it's ok - nothing is amazing - and actually the soup was probably my favorite dish of the night. The meat is a little dry. The apple turnover was really good and they'll send you home with a doggie bag if you need it.
The food though isn't the main draw - a friend of mine visited the area and found a lot of places that offer a meal with a show - it's a way to combine dinner & entertainment for one price which leads me to - the show! Cuz that's why you go!
We had been chatting with the server throughout the night - so he got to know our group pretty well - I think that led to Nick being chosen.
Dixie Stampede or Dolly's new Lumberjack Adventure show (acrobats, lumberjack games and lots more!)
We had a great time at the show - the shows are very family friendly and entertaining - it's a definite must-see if you're in Pigeon Forge.
Dollywood! We had so much to do in the week we were there and it was super hot - so we only had a half-day at Dollywood.
Dollywood is a theme park that also has performance areas and some of the story of Dolly's life. She's really done so much for this area - it's amazing - she's really helped make this a successful and thriving tourist destination.
Why Should You Go? I have to say - after visiting the "sister" city of Branson a few years back - Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg are where it's at. We had so much more fun in Tennessee!!! It's more updated and modern with a wider variety of things to do. And the contrast of Pigeon Forge (easy parking, mini golf & go carts, restaurants, shows) with Gatlinburg (shops, mountain coasters and walking) make for a great all around trip - then you throw in the mountains - it's perfection! You can really mix it up rather than being stuck with just one thing for a week.