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    Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

    We are going to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area in a few weeks. This is a family trip (spring break) with 3 kids (7, 10, 12) in tow. We are staying in Gatlinburg and our only plan at this time is to spend some time in Dollywood. Does anyone who is familiar with the area have any suggestions? The weather is a big unknown. I am told that it is not uncommon for them to see snow in the first week of April. So I would like to have some plans that we can use depending on weather.

    Dollywood questions- Is there any local deals going on for discounts on tickets? I have heard that even McDonalds in the area sometimes have coupons. Also, is there enough to see for two days (given that we are in town for a full week)?

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    That's a beautiful area of the country. We haven't visited in almost 7 years but there is lots to see and do in the area. Dollywood 7 years ago was very enjoyable but we covered it all in one day easily.

    There's the Smoky Mountain Knifeworks Smoky Mountain Knife Works - home of the World's largest knife showplace in nearby Sevierville is an interesting place to spend some time. If you're into hiking, there are hiking trails everywhere. The obligatory visit to Cades Cove is a very enjoyable time as well. On certain days in the early hours, they will allow nothing but bikes, rentals are available, in the cove which is a good time.

    I'd suggest a visit to Sugarlands Visitor Center early on. The Park Rangers usually have very good programs during the week and a good supply of maps of the park. There's a nature drive that starts right in the middle of Gatlinburg that we really enjoyed as well.

    Weather permitting a drive over to Cherokee NC is a different place to visit. The Cherokees have lots of things there that will take your money including casinos.

    The Biltmore Mansion is an easy drive from Gatlinburg and well worth the price of admission, imo. Pigeon Forge is one huge outlet mall and traffic jam. We try to avoid that area when in the area.

    Good luck and enjoy,
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    There is a sky lift to the top of the mountain in Gatlinburg.
    An indoor ice skating rink if the weather ruins your outdoor day.
    Take a car ride up the mountain on Hwy 441 to Newfound Gap on the TN/NC state line and see the blue smoke. The Appalachian Trail is near there.
    Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC is within driving distance. About 2 hours one way.

    Lots more on websites.
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    Thanks for the input. Keep 'em coming.

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    Cade's cove and roaring fork motor trail are pretty cool. Dollywood and the Dixie Stampede dinner show are both owned by Dolly, so you can save a few bucks buying a ticket combo for both.



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