A Day to Play Tourist in the Pigeon Forge Area

Every once in a while, it is fun for my wife and I to pretend to be tourists.  Lots of other locals do this - Why should our beloved tourists get to have all the fun?  Today, we took a day off from Gatlinburg real estate marketing and instead took two of our three grandchildren to Dollywood.  If you have never visited Dollywood, or haven't in a long time, you really should come and see what all the fuss is about.  As the single largest commercial draw in our Smoky Mountains, Dollywood entertains a tremendous number of people each year and today was no different.  After opening last weekend to a huge crowd, Dollywood was again busy today but the lines were bearable and the weather, although a touch cool, was very pretty.  Here's my list of things not to miss if you do decide to visit Dollywood:

  • Ride the train!  As one of the few working coal-fired steam engine trains in the United States, this is a real treat and the 20 minute ride is included in the price of admission.
  • Take in a show! With several different live shows to choose from, as well as a large number of visiting artists throughout the season, there is a lot to enjoy for almost everyone.
  • Visit the craft area and watch glass being blown or see how hard a job blacksmithing really was.
  • Eat a meal in the park.  Although the food certainly isn't bargain priced, it really is quite good and there is a pretty extensive variety as well.
  • Bring a grandchild or someone who is young at heart!  If you like roller coasters, Dollywood has them!
Here are a few pictures of the day we enjoyed today:
"Cinderella" as the train's engine is affectionately known, is a real workhorse and pulls the train up the mountain smartly.
My bride is always SO pretty!
And so is Anelise, our beloved granddaughter!
And this very handsome young man is Gavin.

Take our word for it - Noting reduces stress like a day with the grandchildren!!!


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