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Vacation Layaway With Pigeon Forge’s Comfort Inn & Suites

Pigeon Forge Comfort Inn / Quality Inn

Planning a Pigeon Forge vacation on a budget? Check out Comfort Inn & Suites’ and Quality Inn & Suites’ Vacation Value Packages, allowing you to pay as you can for your stay in Pigeon Forge. With so many packages to choose from, your family can enjoy comfortable lodging paired with tickets to Pigeon Forge’s most popular attractions. Visit the Comedy Barn for a family-friendly show of laughs and music, or get a taste of history at the Titanic Museum. The opportunities for fun are endless.

Details of the Vacation Package Easy Payment Plan:

  • $150 down / deposit at the time of reservation
  • Package must be reserved at least 30 days prior to date / arrival
  • Pay any amount you would like on your schedule – you set the amount paid and when payments are made
  • Package must be paid in full two weeks prior to date and / or arrival
  • Packages may be canceled two weeks prior to arrival date with full refund
  • Packages canceled within two weeks of arrival date will receive a refund less the $150 deposit

Choose the room that suits your needs with a convenient and affordable Vacation Layaway Plan. Located conveniently near attractions like Dixie Stampede, Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country, WonderWorks, the Titanic Museum, and The Old Mill Square, you won’t have to go far for a fun time when you stay at the Comfort Inn or Quality Inn of Pigeon Forge.

Comfort Inn & Suites at Dollywood Lane, an award winner among Pigeon Forge hotels, provides all you want and more, like balconies, in-room coffee, hairdryers, irons/ironing boards, refrigerators, microwaves and if desired, family and Jacuzzi suites with gas fireplaces.

Park Your Cares & Ride With The Bears: The Pigeon Forge Trolley

Pigeon Forge Trolley

Since 1986, Pigeon Forge’s Fun Time Trolley has provided a safe, affordable, and convenient form of transportation for all visitors and residents alike. With a fleet of more than 30 trolley buses, the trolley stops all throughout Pigeon Forge as well as a portion of Sevierville. Through the summer, the trolly operates from 8:00 AM – midnight, and in November and December from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.Patriot Park Sign

Visitors can leave their vehicle parked at the office at 186 Old Mill Avenue (just beside Patriot Park) and relax on the trolley as they enjoy all the sites and destinations like Tanger Outlets, Dixie Stampede, the Historic Old Mill, and even Dollywood!

All it takes is $2.50 for a wristband that allows you to ride all day and get off at any of the stops as many times as you like. If you just need a quick ride from one place to another, you can pay a small individual fare; it’s only 50 cents for North Parkway, South Parkway, Wears Valley, as well as both Dollywood and Dolly’s Splash Country, and it’s 75 cents for the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. When looking for a stop, just find a Fun Time Trolley shelter or a Trolley Bear sign at over a hundred locations.

You can find a trolley running frequently at all of the following routes:

  • Main Street: every 20-25 minutestrolley
  • Wears Valley: every 40-45 minutes
  • Dollywood: every 15-20 minutes
  • Dolly’s Splash Country: every 15-20 minutes
  • Gatlinburg Welcome Center: every 25-30 minutes

Trolley Route Map

For more information on the trolley routes, head over to PigeonForgeTrolley.org for individual route maps. Looking for more ways to save money on your vacation? Check out all three parts of our Budget-Friendly Smokies blog.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Free to Explore

smoky mountains freeWake up and breathe the crisp mountain air, sip your coffee on the deck pigeon forge cabin rentals with mountain views and keep an eye on the wilderness – you might just see a deer or an elk wandering out of the forest. Encounters with wildlife are commonplace when visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this pristine ecosystem is known for its old growth forests, rugged mountain peaks, mysterious caves and welcoming historic towns. It’s no wonder visitors come from all over the USA and the world to lose themselves in this wild and beautiful landscape.

The Smoky Mountains are the only National Park in the USA that is free to enter – making a great stop for any budget-conscious nature loving traveler. The park offers excellent facilities and amenities for travelers. The 10 modern campsites feature flush toilets and cold running water with a few even having electrical hook-ups (Elkmont, Smokemont and Cades Cove).


Why are the Smoky Mountains Free?
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has had no entrance fee since the 1930s, but what is the story behind this decision? The park land was once privately owned.  When the states of North Carolina and Tennessee paid to construct the Newfound Gap Road, they transferred ownership of it to the federal government. As a condition of this transfer, donors of the property stated that no license fee or toll should ever be imposed on people traveling on this road. If the park ever wanted to charge an entrance fee, action by the Tennessee legislature would be required.


Free Activities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Here are just a few of the adventures that you can look forward to when staying in Smoky Mountains National Park:


  • Fly fishing. This beautiful national park has more than 2,100 miles of streams within its borders.
  • Horseback riding. Take a guided ride on horse through the wild forests and mountain trails just like the cowboys once did.
  • Biking. One of the favorite things for visitors to do is go biking and take in the beautiful scenery on the Cades Cove Loop Road.
  • Hiking. The Smoky Mountains offer amazing hiking all year round and you can explore spruce-fir forests, mountain streams, waterfalls and meadows filled with wild flowers.
  • Picnicking. There are several incredibly scenic spots with picnic tables where you can enjoy an al fresco meal while surveying the scenery.
  • Camping. 
Cabins near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are plenty of choices for where to stay when you are visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including cabin rentals, camping, hotels, motels and much more.

A Cheapskate’s Guide to Pigeon Forge

cheapskate's guide_pinA historic city in the scenic Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is a popular destination for couples and families. It feature plenty to see and do, including musical theatres, theme parks, museums, shopping outlets and much more. However, what if you want to visit Pigeon Forge but you are on a tight budget?

The good news is that you will be able to find a great range of things to do in this welcoming Tennessee town that will be easy on your wallet.

Get a Free Day at Dollywood

Dollywood is one of the biggest attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – a theme park that is owned by famous country and western entertainer Dolly Parton. As well as offering everyone’s favorite amusement park thrill rides, the theme park also features music and traditional crafts from the Smoky Mountains area.

The good news is that if you arrive at Dollywood after 3pm, you will be able to get the entire next day for free. This is a great way to get more time in the park if you are on a budget and it is very advantageous because it is difficult to fit in all of the rides and attractions in Dollywood in one day. Also, there are discount coupons for Dollywood available online, so make sure that you take a look when planning your trip.

Take a Hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This beautiful wilderness is totally free to explore and there are many gorgeous spots to discover. Go for a swim in a clear and cold river, hike up a mountain or sit in peace and quiet and watch the sunset. There are 850 miles of hiking trails in this vast national park, so whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll or a challenging hike you will find your perfect wild mountain escape.

Ride the Trolley

One of the cheapest ways of getting around the town of Pigeon Forge is to ride the trolley, which will take you just about anywhere in the downtown area for 50 cents. When you combine the trolley with walking you can cover the entire city without having to spend a lot of money on cabs.

Find Theater Combo Tickets

One of the best attractions in Pigeon Forge is the collection of superb theaters, which offer entertaining musicals, magic shows and much more. There are combo tickets available that will allow you to see multiple shows at a discounted rate, so if you plan on watching a lot of theater during your visit this will save you money. If you are interested, call ahead to the theatre and ask what combo deals they offer.

These are just a few of the ways that you can save money while you are visiting Pigeon Forge. This friendly Tennessee town surrounded by the Smoky Mountains doesn’t have to be an expensive vacation spot, you can make the most of it even on a small budget.

Budget-Friendly Smokies, Part 3: Eating On A Budget


No matter your size, age or gender—we all eat! Do you like Mexican, Italian or good ole’ American home cooking?

Regardless of what you are craving, Pigeon Forge has some great restaurants that are affordable but showcase the diversity of the Smokies!

Top Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Pigeon Forge:

No matter where you choose to eat, you will find that the Great Smoky Mountains has some great eats at an even better price! If you haven’t caught up on our budget-friendly Smokies series, check out Part 1: Planning Vacation on Budget with Kids and Part 2: Planning a Vacation on Budget with a Large Group.