Girlfriend’s Guide to a Smoky Mountain Vacation

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Planning a girlfriend’s vacation? Beware! There is a big problem when looking at Pigeon Forge as a select destination. The difficulty isn’t the variety or lack of things to do – the trouble is making the decision of what to choose from the hundreds of exciting opportunities!

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is a reason more than 10 million visitors pass through the park on an annual basis – it is incredibly beautiful. The entire area offers activities galore to get close to nature: hiking, camping/, picnic grounds, sightseeing, fishing, horseback riding, and water sports just to name a few. If the great outdoors isn’t your thing, there are attractions, events, shows, shopping and dining to suit any taste. A look at the list below may inspire plans for the beginning of the best girlfriend’s vacation EVER!


Nature Girls

Is your close circle of girlfriends enchanted by the wildlife spirit? Consider the options available for the most avid nature lovers. Pitch a tent in a local campground for true Smoky Mountain adventure. Most camping sites offer amenities such as bathrooms and showers, grills and fire pits, and laundry facilities. You and your girls can enjoy unlimited hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and activities like horseshoes, volleyball, or a fierce cornhole competition.

Check out our list of Pigeon Forge cabin rentals with swimming pools if you need a place to relax and cool off during the summertime.


Cabin Fever

Perhaps “roughing it” in a tent isn’t as appealing to your group as spending time in a lovely, mountain cabin. The Pigeon Forge area is home to hundreds of rental properties to choose from. Rentals are available to accommodate any number of people or length of stay. Visitors may enjoy panoramic vistas surrounded by all the comforts of home. Most cabins feature fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, spacious living areas, cable television and more.

Enjoy a cozy, rustic homestead with a wood burning stove or a large, luxury lodge complete with swimming pool as your vacation launching point. You should also check out our list of Pigeon Forge cabin rentals with fire pits.


Shop 'til You Drop

For the urban girls the idea of a great vacation may include unlimited shopping. There is no shortage of fun, interesting retail venues around Pigeon Forge. Plan to save on trendy, name-brand apparel, accessories, cosmetics and more at one of the designer outlet malls. Wander around the craftsman villages and discover fine art, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, wood carving, and a vast array of local artisan’s amazing creations.


Visit The Island

The Island is a brand new, multimillion dollar Pigeon Forge entertainment complex and a one stop adventure in fun. It is the home of the Margaritaville Island Hotel boasting a “mountain latitude with an island attitude” scene. To ensure guests begin their exploration in style each hotel room is equipped with a “Frozen Concoction Maker.” Live music abounds throughout The Island, there are more than 60 specialty shops, and dozens of restaurants offering everything from fine dining to a meal-on-a-stick.

Visitors to The Island enjoy the many amusement rides and attractions including a bird’s eye view from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel or rocking and relaxing to the musical water ballet at the Island Show Fountain.


Hello Dolly!

Any girl’s vacation to Pigeon Forge should include a visit with the area’s favorite daughter. Of course, that would be Dolly Parton, by way of her famous, world-class amusement parks; Dollywood, Dollywood Splash Country, or Dollywood Dixie Stampede. Book your stay at the exclusive 300 room Dollywood DreamMore Resort or a Pigeon Forge cabin rental near Dollywood.


Something For Every Taste

The menu of amusement opportunities in Pigeon Forge provides something for everyone. Take in a show at one of the dinner theaters featuring an evening of mystery, acrobats, comedy, magic, drama, cowboys, hillbillies, or nearly any music genre imaginable. Nationally recognized festivals are scheduled in the area throughout the year. Lodging options offer anything from a basic tent to five-star resort accommodations.

Attractions include; skydiving, hot air balloon rides, go carts, bungee jumping, miniature golf, adventure roller coasters, and so much more. Be sure to capture the moment with a commemorative old time portrait from one of the many walk-in studios. Following a day of activities book a treatment for some serious pampering at one of the area’s fabulous “mountain-luxe,” full-service spas.

If your girlfriends’ vacation plans are for overnight, a weekend getaway, or an extended stay, Pigeon Forge can guarantee a trip that will make memories to last a lifetime!