The Smoky Mountains

Arrived to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – home of Dolly Parton 🦋

May 8th – we got engaged 35 years ago today 💕💍, so what better way to celebrate than at Dollywood?!

Dollywood is an amusement park and the country version of Disneyland. If you like Dolly Parton, it’s great, if you like roller coasters, it’s awesome 👍 We had so much fun and it wasn’t too crowded, so we were able to ride almost all of the coasters. Unfortunately, we were saving the last 2 rides (that involved water and getting totally soaked) for the very end, but a huge storm rolled in and they closed all the rides due to lightening ⚡️. Our most favourite roller coaster was the Wild Eagle, and we enjoyed it several times!

Our next two favorites were Tennessee Tornado and Mystery Mine 🤪

We took a drive through the Smoky Mountains and went to Cades Cove. We couldn’t figure out why it was called a ‘cove’ when there was no water, but then we found out that in Smoky Mountain language, a ‘cove’ is a relatively flat valley between mountains or ridges. So basically, it was a drive in the park! We did see some bears, a deer, turkeys and some good ol’ Canadian Geese!

Pigeon Forge – what an amazing little city! It’s like one big amusement park with fun for the whole family. There are roller coasters, mini-golf courses, go-carting galore (with multi level tracks!), zip-lines, water parks, oddity museums, escape rooms, dinner shows, lumber jack shows, comedy shows, lots of goats on roofs, river tubing, crazy restaurants and more!

We wandered around The Island in Pigeon Forge and it has its own little amusement park with great restaurants, stores, Ferris wheel and even a fountain show – a tad smaller than the Bellagio, but it has hundreds of rocking chairs set up all around it!

We went to one of the dinner shows – Dolly Parton’s Stampede – which is similar to Medieval Times, but a rodeo show and lots of fun! The show included sets with bison, Texas Longhorns, pigs, chickens and of course, horse events. The dinner was what you expect from one of these shows, but the roasted chicken was actually quite tasty.

We absolutely loved Tennessee and are already looking forward to coming back! We will definitely return to Nashville and plan to spend even more days in Pigeon Forge! 🤠

9 thoughts on “The Smoky Mountains”

  1. New Orleans. Memphis. Nashville. And now, Dollywood. I detect a musical note, perhaps a tone, in your travels. Please proceed with music in your hearts.

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  2. Congratulations on your 35th anniversary; what a special time! Have you eaten biscuits and gravy yet; that is my most sinful pleasure when I visit the south which I haven’t done for years. You will have to be sure to eat at a Cracker Barrel, there are amazing as well. Enjoy

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