Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are known for more than their scenic beauty. It’s one of the most often-visited areas of the country with a little something for everyone. Take the 342-foot elevator ride to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, and walk around the observation tower’s outdoor terrace to get a rare, 360-degree birds-eye view of the Smoky Mountains. Once your feet are back on the ground head on over to the Wonderworks Museum and let the kids explore the 35,000 square foot indoor amusement park. End your day at the famous Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede and enjoy a 32-horse show and a spectacular 4 course meal at this legendary dinner theater.
You won’t go hungry on your Great Smoky Mountains vacation. No matter what fare you’re in the mood for, there is a restaurant to suit even the pickiest of palates. There are 17 restaurants at The Island, everything from Auntie Anne’s if you want a light snack, to the Jimmy Buffet-inspired Margaritaville. If good ol’ southern cookin’ is on the menu, head over to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede for a one of a kind dining experience, complete with a 32-horse show and a 4-course meal.
There’s no shortage of shopping in the surrounding towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. Tanger Outlets in Sevierville is home to a variety of brand-name and designer-outlet discount stores. The Island is only a short drive away in Pigeon Forge, complete with over 35 retail and specialty shops, ranging from local boutiques to nationally-recognized brands. From clothes to cookware you can find everything you need in the local shops.
Gatlinburg has an outdoor activity for every season. From Hiking in the Smokies to fishing one of hundreds of blue lines in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and beyond, you have access to a huge array of outdoor activities when you stay at Brother's Cove. Paddle a local river or lake or when the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall, head to Ober Gatlinburg for an unforgettable winter adventure.
Pigeon Forge is known for its world-class attractions, headlined by Dollywood, the theme park owned by the country music icon. The park is home to roller coasters, a waterpark, and award-winning shows, Dollywood is fun for the entire family. Not to be outdone, The Island boasts its own variety of rides and attractions, like The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and The Island Mirror Maze.
Take the 342-foot ride up the Gatlinburg Space Needle and step out onto the observation terrace for a one-of-a-kind, unimpeded, 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains. To see more of the town from a little closer to the ground, take a ride on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. The 2.1 mile lift runs from the heart of downtown Gatlinburg all the way up to Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park.
America’s most-visited national park offers visitors a wide variety of activities, from hiking, to fishing, to horseback riding. Spanning 522,427 acres, vacationers can participate in ranger-led activities, like the “Not-So-Junior Ranger program, or explore the sprawling landscapes on their own, traveling to the top of Clingmans Dome to get an unimpeded view of the Smoky Mountains. With 10 campgrounds and 11 designated picnic sites, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place to get a full-fledged natural experience.