Great Smoky Mountains and Sevier County Welcome Visitors for Spring and Summer 2017
Attractions, shops, restaurants and lodging properties in Sevier County are open and welcoming visitors for the busy spring and summer seasons.
The Downtown Parkway and attractions including Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Ole Smoky Distillery, the Gatlinburg Space Needle, and the Convention Center are in full tourist mode, as travelers arrive to take in American’s No. 1 most visited National Park – Great Smoky Mountains, and enjoy the quaint mountain town of Gatlinburg.
Ober Gatlinburg’s Aerial Tramway, one of the largest aerial tramways in America, delivers visitors to Ober Gatlinburg for spring and summer activities. Featured at Ober are the Wildlife Encounter, Scenic Chairlift, and, pending weather conditions, the Alpine Slide. Indoor activities include the Ice Rink, Carousel, Seasons of Ober Restaurant, The Loft Lounge, Sidewalk Café, The Market, The Fudge Shoppe, Ober Snack Bar, Ski Mountain Sports, Slopeside Apparel and Gifts, O'Bear's Playhouse, The Galleria Logo Shop, Family Crests, Jensen Images and The Leather Shop.
Just in time for the summer season, will be the opening of Anakeesta, Gatlinburg’s newest family friendly vacation destination with an 80-acre mountainside adventure park that includes restaurants, attractions, and shopping and aerial adventure activities for all ages.
For more information, visit www.gatlinburg.com.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the popular family vacation destination located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, announces several new attractions for the 2017 travel season.
“As folks begin to make their spring break plans or look for a summer family getaway, we want to remind them of the great variety of attractions and accommodations that Pigeon Forge has to offer,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Tourism is our lifeblood and helping our visitors make their memories is what we do best.”
New for 2017 visitors includes Alcatraz East Crime Museum, a family-friendly 25,000-square-foot facility that houses five unique galleries and more than 100 interactive displays on Bonny & Clyde, Al Capone and more.
Two new rides at Dollywood: Drop Line, a 200-foot-tall, 20-stories high, free-fall experience and Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster, features exciting twists and turns in a logging-themed experience; two new events at Dollywood include enra, a Tokyo-based dance company (featured on America’s Got Talent in 2015)that fuses multi-media dance, light and video, and GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights, an evening event occurring in the fall. Dollywood opens March 18.
Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark adds TailSpin Racer which allows up to six riders to race each other along a journey through a unique spiraling tube design with exciting drops and curves. Dollywood’s Splash Country opens May 13
For more information, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.
This year, the spotlight in Sevierville is on the 30th anniversary celebration of the iconic Dolly Parton statue on the courthouse lawn. Visitors come from all over the country and around the world to visit the extraordinary bronze sculpture created by artist Jim Gray. A special museum-quality exhibit about the statue is featured at the Sevier County Chamber offices.
Sevierville features some of the best outlet shopping in America, at Tanger Outlets.
Other highlights include Wilderness at the Smokies, Tennessee’s largest waterpark resort, and Foxfire Mountain, a family adventure park featuring ziplining, ATVing, ropes courses and climbing walls, as well as a swinging bridge experience.
For more travel information on Sevierville, visit http://www.visitsevierville.com.
Townsend, in Blount County, is the “Peaceful side of the Smokies” and is the gateway town to the entrance to Cades Cove, a popular scenic drive in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
For more explorative information on Townsend, visit http://www.smokymountains.org/
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s No. 1 most-visited National Park, is a natural wonder year-round.
For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm