Pigeon Forge Vacations

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Most Pigeon Forge vacations are built around a trip to Dollywood. This "fun for the whole family" resort actually was previously known as Silver Dollar City. However, good as attendance always was, it went through the roof once Dolly joined ranks with the owners, and brought her own brand of Southern hospitality to the mix. Dollywood is now the number one tourist attraction in Tennessee, with millions of satisfied customers returning year after year.

No amusement park is complete without a roller coaster, and Dollywood boasts a couple of "good-un's." The wooden Thunderhead boasts 100-foot drops and speeds of 55 miles per hour. The massive Tennessee Tornado, a huge triple spiraling steel monster, provides thrills at 70 miles an hour down 128 foot drops. Water rides and less heart-pounding attractions are plentiful too. But it is possible to scream yourself silly if thrill rides are your pleasure.

Star of Many Colors

Dollywood wouldn't be Dollywood, of course, without music. And here is where Miss Parton's presence is most keenly felt. Over 40 top-notch musical shows take place regularly at Dollywood. Many people find the musical entertainments alone more than worth the price of admission.

Reviews of the food at Dollywood, unfortunately, don't fare as well as those of the the music and the rides. But that's pretty much to be expected at an amusement park where the focus is on fun, not cuisine. Not to worry, most log cabins and chalets (the most popular type of accommodation in Pigeon Forge) feature fully-stocked kitchens, so you can have your favorite meals prepared the way you like them, anytime you want. For those that prefer others to do the cooking on vacation, nearby Gatlinburg is only seven miles away, and boasts hundreds of restaurants, one of which is certain to be perfect after a day at the land of Dolly.


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