A trip to the Smokies is always something that I look forward to. So many times, the trip on Interstate 40 to East Tennessee has been a highlight of the autumn months. With the foliage in the region, it’s always a beautiful sight.
While my taste in what brings me to the area might not be the same as yours, I’ll share with you some of my favorite things about the area—things that just might bring you back for more each year.
I will tell you that there are shops galore in the Sevierville-Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg area that have treasures untold. Generally, you can find some great deals at these establishments—even for high end retailers like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.
There are many outlet malls along Highway 441, with the better ones being in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. The Belz Factory Outlet, in Pigeon Forge, is my personal favorite. You can find everything from Burlington to Old Time Pottery here, and the deals are plenty.
Also, don’t forget to check out some of the specialty shops in the area. If you’re a big Christmas person, like I am, then there are several stores that offer the best in decorations of the season. Check them out—if you’re not in the holiday spirit after coming here, your name just might be Scrooge!
Whether you are a fan of miniature golf, theme parks, or museums, you will find something that interests you here. Mini Golf parks of various themes adorn the area, and then of course, there are all kinds of amusement parks around—from the small to Dollywood.
If you like to revisit history, you’re in luck as well. From some of the Ripley’s Museums in Gatlinburg to a celebration of the music and life of “The King” at the Elvis Presley Museum and Gift Shop, there is no doubt that you will find something to captivate your attention here.
Plus, there’s music, and plenty of music. With many live entertainment venues around, you can enjoy everything from Country to Gospel to old-time rock and roll. There’s no doubt about it, come to the Smoky Mountains, and you will be entertained!
OK, that might be my favorite subject of any trip I go on…and trust me, there’s some incredible eating options in the area. From the scrumptious breakfasts at Applewood (part of the Apple Barn complex) ambience of the 50s inspired Mel’s Diner in Pigeon Forge, you will find something for tastes of all kind. Chinese, Mexican, Italian…it’s all there. There also many national chains represented in the area, such as Cracker Barrel, Duff’s Smorgasbord, and Denny’s.
And there’s a lot more! I didn’t mention anything about the many offerings in the area for people who enjoy being out in nature—or the incredible arts and crafts community—you’ll have to see it for yourself!