In eastern Tennessee, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains is the friendly town of Pigeon Forge, where you and your family can escape the doldrums of your day-to-day life. Year round, this area of Tennessee offers exciting things to do indoors and outdoors with amusement parks, ski resorts, caverns, shopping, and restaurants. All the vacation rentals in Pigeon Forge come with stunning views and some offer these views from hot tubs on the back deck. Here are a few towns and areas around Pigeon Forge to start your search for a mountain retreat.

1. Pigeon Forge

Stay in downtown Pigeon Forge, the heart of the action, and spend your vacation on the go, exploring shops, outlet malls, restaurants, dinner theaters, and local attractions. You and your family have the chance to learn more about crime in America at the Alcatraz East museum or test your wits at the Headcase Escapes Adventures, where you need to solve riddles to escape a locked room. If the weather becomes stormy, take in a movie at the Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14 movie theater.

2. Near Dollywood

Many visitors flock to Pigeon Forge to spend time at the Dollywood amusement park and water park. All year long, you and your family can ride rides, take in shows, and wander through this Appalachian themed park. If you choose a vacation rental close to the park entrance, you avoid the hassle of driving through downtown each day to reach the park while still enjoying local restaurants and shopping.

3. Gatlinburg

Wind your way east along Highway 321 to reach Gatlinburg and take in breathtaking scenery along the way. In the winter months, you have the opportunity to pick out a cabin or log home to make your home away from home while your family spends the day on the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg. This ski resort offers skiing, a sky tram, an animal encounter, and indoor ice skating rinks so that your family finds something new to do each day of the trip.

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4. Sevierville

To the north of Pigeon Forge, the town of Sevierville welcomes you with southern charm and small-town life feel. This town is a sister city to Pigeon Forge and offers many of the same great activities so that your kids never complain that they’re bored and need something to do. The adventurous members of your families will love an afternoon spent at the NASCAR themed go-kart tracks followed by a competitive game of mini golf at one of the local golf centers.

5. Oldham

Situated in the southeast of Pigeon Forge and close to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Oldham provides you with a central place to find a mountain cabin or log home with amazing scenery while being just minutes from excitement. Slip on your hiking boots and spend a day on one of the hiking trails at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If your kids love animals and all kids love fuzzy animals, you can fulfill their need to touch the animals at the petting zoo at Lancaster Park & Animal Farm.

6. Williamsburg

When the weather turns cold and snow is in the forecast, you want a mountain retreat in the Williamsburg area. This small town is just a hop, skip, and a jump from all the best winter activities in the area. Hop in the car and make your way to Ober Gatlinburg to enjoy a day of snow tubing. If you want to kick back and relax, drive the few minutes to Pigeon Forge to hop on the trolley and enjoy the lights and holiday decorations.

7. Cherokee Hills

Feel at home as soon as you arrive in the small town of Cherokee Hills that sits to the northeast of Pigeon Forge along Highway 449. During your visit, you can split your time between exploring the local area and natural parks on a bike or on foot or hop in the car to spend a day getting wet at the Dollywood water park. Check out one of the local riding stables to take a trail ride, including Five Oaks Riding Stables and Douglas Lakeview Stables.

8. Wears Valley

Vacation rentals in Wears Valley offer various options from rustic cabins to luxury log homes and all of them come with the views you want to wake up to. To make an amazing meal that leaves your family in awe of your cooking skills, stop by the Wears Valley Farmers Market for fresh, local fruits and vegetables. For the thrill seekers in your family, they can head out to Wears Valley Ziplines to see the mountains from a new perspective.

9. Catlettsburg

A little further north of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville lies the sleepy town of Catlettsburg, where the locals know all the latest gossip and welcome you to town. Selecting this area for your vacation offers you the best of both worlds, peace, and quiet and just minutes away from all of the excitement. While staying in town, make sure to take your family to enjoy Goats on the Roof, where your family can feed the goats, mine for gems, eat lots of fudge, and knock out some early holiday shopping.

10. Zion Grove

Enjoy a mountain drive southeast from Pigeon Forge to Zion Grove that sits on the outskirts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take some time while on vacation to hike the Rainbow Fall trail or the Alum Cave Bluffs trail to feel the spray of water from a waterfall or poke your head in a cave.

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