Going away for a family vacation is the perfect way to spend your holidays. However, deciding where to go can be hard, especially when everyone in the family might have a different suggestion. At the end of the day, you must select a place all family members will enjoy traveling to.
But worry not; here’s a suggestion: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Pigeon Forge is a day’s road trip away from one-third of the United States. It eliminates the need to book a flight, and you can enjoy a scenic drive to Pigeon Forge between Gatlinburg and Sevierville – if you’re up for it, of course. Otherwise, just book a flight.
Furthermore, Pigeon Forge is ideal for including in your spontaneous adventure plans. You can spend a weekend, a week, or your entire vacation here. No matter how long you stay, you are less likely to get bored.
If you’re still not convinced, here are some reasons to help you change your mind.
- You can go ziplining
You will find several zipline courses zapping through Pigeon Forge. It is the best way to enjoy the majestic views of the mountains. Take advantage of the scenic views from the skies and capture amazing photos and videos. You can look up zipline Pigeon Forge on the internet for the best places to do this.
Did you know that the Wahoo Zipline is the first and the oldest zipline course in the Smokies? Similarly, the Smoky Mountain Zipline is one of the best ziplining courses in Pigeon Forge. It is better to book your stay and reserve your zipline tour in advance to avail free tickets to some of the surrounding attractions.
The best thing about these ziplines is that you can be as safe or adventurous as you want. Some ziplines are more like bridges with ropes attached to your body. These are better if you are taking kids along with you. Meanwhile, adventure-loving souls must head to Adventure Park with ziplines along a single rope sliding between two mountain peaks.
- Plenty of good food to eat
While in Pigeon Forge, you must visit different dining spots that offer various experiences. For breakfast, you will come across multiple restaurants serving a variety of pancakes and waffles, as you would expect in a mountain town. For example, Smoky’s Pancake Cabin and Smoky Mountain Pancake House are two of the most famous breakfast places.
For lunch, experience outdoor dining or enjoy dinner shows such as:
- Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show
- Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show
- Country Tonite
- Comedy Barn
For dinner, divulge in live barbecues or visit steakhouses to satisfy your meat cravings. Pigeon Forge is full of steakhouses like Calhoun’s, Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, and Alamo Steakhouse. You can also find many seafood restaurants, Mexican, Italian, and other southern cuisine throughout town.
- Indulge in outdoor activities
Besides zipline courses, Pigeon Forge is ideal for indulging in outdoor activities. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers several hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous souls. You will also find dog-friendly parks and picnic spots to spend your afternoons. in case you’re traveling with your furry family members.
The Alpine Coaster is the best for kids and adults alike. It is also the longest downhill ride in the US. It runs over a mile with a speed control of up to 27 mph.
The Pigeon Forge Lake allows visitors to enjoy a great fishing experience. Go fishing and catch 11-pound smallmouth bass, 41-pound catfish, and 15-pound largemouth bass. For an even better experience, grill the fish yourself outdoors and enjoy it. It is one of the best outdoor family activities to unite the group.
Moreover, white water rafting is one of the best water sports you can indulge in. You can even select your difficulty level and let a guide navigate you through the rivers. Book an expedition for the Nolichucky River and Little Pigeon River to make the most out of Ocoee River rafting.
- Visit amusement parks
Besides the Adventure Park, you will also find Wonderworks indoor amusement park spanning 35,000 square feet of exhibits and activities. It is an attractive destination for younger children who can learn about science and history.
Kids will find the NASA treatment most exhilarating by experiencing zero gravity and making bubbles in the Bubble Lab. The Hurricane Shack allows tourists to feel the power of 84 mph hurricane winds, while the Bed of Nails challenges participants by lying on the bed.
The FunStop Family Action Park is another amusement park full of indoor rides for kids with families. In the Parkway, you will also find Rowdy Bear’s Smoky Mountain Snowpark, which has several thrilling slides. Its special feature is snow tubing in winter and summer tubing during summer.
Moreover, the Island of Pigeon Forge is one of the most popular family destinations. Here, you can shop, eat, play and discover numerous family activities. Exploring every corner of The Island may take an entire day.
- Visit the Ole Smoky Moonshine
Lastly, your trip to Pigeon Forge would be complete with a tour of the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine distillery. You must taste Tennessee’s favorite and most popular moonshine in the tasting rooms and witness its production during a tour.
It was one of the first distilleries to issue a federal license to produce and distribute moonshine in East Tennessee. It is now the leader of the moonshine production industry and offers an excellent and intimate experience of moonshine with other food products. It is a wonderful way to end your trip and relax. You will also witness live entertainment with bluegrass music while you enjoy your tastings.
Pigeon Forge is a great place to spend family holidays any time of the year. It is open year-round with various family-friendly activities to keep everyone in your group occupied. Begin your adventure with a mountain resort-special breakfast of pancakes and waffles. Indulge in outdoor activities and sports, including zipline courses, hiking, hopping in Alpine Coaster, fishing, and white water rafting.