5 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Trip To Pigeon Forge


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Pigeon Forge is one of Americans’ favorite family vacation spots, and it’s no wonder why. One of the major reasons for this is that there is something for everyone here. It has the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for outdoor enthusiasts, museums for history buffs, entertainment centers, and so much more. If you plan to visit Pigeon Forge for the first time and want to make the most of it, then you must plan accordingly. 

Planning a trip for a large group can take time and effort. Consider everyone’s interests, book your stay in advance, and arrange guided tours for a wholesome experience. You also do not want to miss the best places and activities, experience Southern food and go shopping.

The good news is that we are here to help you sort through everything. The information you find here could help plan your trip and make your stay enjoyable and memorable.

  • Book Your Stay in Advance

One of the foremost things you must take care of is making reservations in advance, especially if you visit during the peak seasons. It will not only save cost, but you will also be able to pick the perfect spot. While traveling with your family, staying in the cabins of Pigeon Forge is the ideal way to experience the mountain adventure completely. They offer delightful natural views with amenities like a home theater, game room, indoor heated pool, stocked kitchen, and much more.

You can select the ideal cabin and choose the one with your favorite views. Alternatively, you can select one that is close to the best attractions. You can take advantage of group discounts and attraction tickets to nearby locations. You can make your reservation via phone and get all the necessary details. 

Another advantage of reservations is that you can make the necessary arrangements in time. For example, if you want the kitchen fully stocked as soon as you arrive, you can arrange it. You can also ask for extra supplies or services to make your stay as comfortable as possible. 

  • Best Time to Visit

Whether you plan for a weekend getaway, a romantic getaway, an entire week, or a family holiday, you must consider the timing. The city hosts a Summerfest through June, July, and August during summer. 

Similarly, there is the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival from November to January every year in Dollywood, Pigeon Forge. Indulge in the Dollywood Express Light, a train ride with 6 million illuminating lights. Tread on the Glacier Ridge in the Winter Wonderland of Light. Moreover, catch Santa Claus at work and click the perfect family holiday photo.

Late March and early June is the best time to enjoy pleasant weather and less crowded attraction spots. It is also one of the best times for outdoor adventures and enjoying family picnics in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Moreover, various events and festivals occur in Pigeon Forge throughout the year, including live street performances. You can check out the event calendar by visiting the official Pigeon Forge website. It includes plays, festivals, and carnivals, among many other activities.

  • Take Advantage of Coupons and Discounts

Remember to check the local attraction brochures once in Pigeon Forge. They typically include coupons for group discounts, a Buy One Get One Free offer for attraction tickets, and other special offers. 

However, remember to check the expiry date of the coupons and use them as soon as possible. Coupons can be time and place sensitive. 

You can also save money on admission tickets to Dollywood. It offers an after-3 PM discount on tickets. The ideal time to take advantage of this is between March and October. You can spend an entire day here on thrilling roller rides like the Thunderhead, Dollywood Express, and Wild Eagle. You may also come across some seasonal events, shows, or festivals while you are there.

  • Eat Out

Did you know that Pigeon Forge is the pancake capital of the United States? Your trip to Pigeon Forge would be complete with dining out. Several pancake houses in Parkway serve different flavors of pancakes, waffles, French toast, breakfast muffins, teas, and coffees. 

Steakhouses are another famous specialty of the mountain town. They are perfect for lunch or dinner. Many restaurants also offer live entertainment during lunch hours. Sitting and eating outdoors is best if the weather is pleasant for a wholesome dining experience. 

Dinner shows are also very common, with live buffets at various restaurants across Pigeon Forge. Moreover, during your adventures, you will encounter several cafés, ice cream shops, and coffee shops. Many ice cream, cupcakes, and doughnut shops are kid-friendly, where you can create flavors and witness live cooking. 

  • Visit the Major Landmarks

Pigeon Forge houses iconic landmarks like The Titanic Museum, The Hollywood Wax Museum, and the Old Mill. A guided tour of each of the landmarks will enlighten you about the history of each. 

You will also find dozens of landmarks in Parkway, Pigeon Forge. The upside-down building is an architectural marvel. There is also a replica of the Empire State Building and the Titanic ship’s wreckage. 

The Ferris Wheel on The Island is another historic landmark known as the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. It stands 200 feet tall with breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains from climate-controlled glass gondolas that accommodate eight people. It offers twinkling views of the city and the mountains at night aglow with colorful lights. It is perfect for families and couples.


The tips above will help you make the most of your trip to Pigeon Forge. The key is to plan for everything in time and know how to avail of special discounts and deals at your favorite attractions. 

It will make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable. Do not hesitate to take your entire family to the hottest spots and landmarks. Moreover, you all can stay under the same roof and enjoy a home-like stay away from home in a cabin. 

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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