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Published: October 23rd 2016
Pigeon Forge is definitely a tourist destination and you could spend a lot of money taking in all the attractions. We did not do Dollywood as Bonnie does like to do the rides so it wouldn't have been worth the price just to see it. The opportunities for all types of activities are numerous and varied. We visited some of the unique shops but did not find anything to spend our money on. We went to Joe's Crab Shack and I had a delicious bucket of crab.
I spent a day driving through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. I drove part way up highway 441 called the Newfound Gap Road and stopped at several pullouts for amazing views of the mountains and down into the valleys. I then drove to the most visited part of the park called Cades Cove. There is an eleven mile one-way loop road with several historical building either visible from the road or a short hike from the road. The cove was first settled in 1821 and grew to a population of 685 in the 1850s. The states of Tennessee and North Carolina bought the land in the late 1920s and gave it to
the federal government for park use even though some of the people did not want to leave.
One of the attractions we did visit was Christ in the Smokies in Gatlinburg which has a narrated story of Jesus' life shown in several life-size scenes. We both enjoyed this attraction. We also attended the Dixie Stampede dinner and show one evening. We had great food and a very fun show with lots of horses, trick riding, singing and dancing. It was a fun evening.
It was then time to start the trek back to the Pittsburgh area with a couple of stops in Virginia.
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