It might not get as much publicity as Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, but of the Tri-City tourist region of Sevier County, Sevierville, Tennessee is the biggest city. With an estimated population of just over 14,000, the town is also one of the most diverse in the area.
Drive in from Interstate 40, and you will see almost as many shopping outlets and restaurants as you would see anywhere around, but the town also offers a unique charm that sets it apart from the other two towns. What was originally known as a town named Forks of the Little Pigeon in the late 1790s has blossomed to a town that has both six-lane highways and a downtown district that resembles that of years ago.
Shopping In Sevierville, TN
There’s plenty to see and do in Sevierville. If you come to the area in search of bargains, you’ll find them in plenty of places. From outlet malls such as Tanger Five Oaks (featuring one of my faves, Tommy Hilfiger) and the Vanity Fair Outlet, where you are sure to bring home bargains for the entire family, there’s a little something for everyone.
If traditional stand-alone shops are more you’re style, you can experience the thrill of retail at such places as Belk or Wal-Mart, which is open 24 hours a day. If you like specialty shops, you need go no further than Smoky Mountain Knife Works, which in spite of its name, sells a lot more than just knives. You will also find some nice antique shopping in the area.
OK, shopping is not your thing. You would rather sample some of the delicious offerings that the mountain area has to offer. No problem! There are plenty of restaurants that specialize in…just about everything. From national chains like Cracker Barrel and Red Lobster to local hot spots like Applewood or Tony Gore’s Mountain BBQ and Grill, you will find something to satisfy those taste buds in Sevierville, TN as well.
Attractions In Sevierville
That sounds good, but what about something for the entire family? You’re in luck, as Sevierville offers plenty to see and do. For car enthusiasts, you will be amazed at Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum. If you want to get into the fast lane yourself, there’s the NASCAR SpeedPark. You can even take in a round of golf at Ripley’s Old-McDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, which is one of the more interesting mini-golf spots along the world famous Parkway. It’s a place well worth checking out!
Hotels In Sevierville
As far as where to stay, there are too many options to mention. Sevierville offers thousands of rooms in the city, but I will tell you that in my trips to the town, I have always enjoyed my stays at Quality Inn River Suites, which have always satisfied whatever my overnight needs.
At the end of the day, I think you will be satisfied with your stay in the town where Dolly Parton grew up. You just might see the Country Music Hall Of Fame member—if not in person, the statue of her on Sevierville’s courthouse lawn is worth getting a picture of. It’s proof that dreams do come true in Sevierville. Maybe yours will too!