Thanks to being nestled within the Smoky Mountains and being an exceptionally beautiful area of the USA, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge constantly top lists of the most scenic towns in Tennessee. Visitors flock to the towns and their surrounding areas to enjoy spotting the array of native wildlife, visiting the culturally vibrant museums and relishing in the fantastic mountainous backdrop.
If you like outdoor activities, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the right places for you, with opportunities to ski, ride horses, and mountain bike. However, if you prefer taking it easy, you will be at leisure to enjoy a range of shopping, dining, and absorbing the vivacious atmosphere of both towns.
If you are venturing into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the best place to stay is the Sugarlands Visitors Center, which offers a trove of information on the national park and surrounding areas. In short, the center is a must-visit before entering the park. Should you be planning a visit to Cades Cove, then it is a great idea to base yourself in one of the hotels near Townsend Visitors Center, which is a fantastic place to learn about the attractions of the area.
If you want to reside in a more urban location, central Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge is the way forward. Gatlinburg is home to fun attractions for all the family, such as Gatlinburg Space Needle, Gatlinburg Sky Lift, and Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies. For those traveling in adult groups, the Smoky Mountain Brewery may be of special interest. Gatlinburg is also ideal for those who are into arts and craft shops and fine dining.
With attractions like Dollywood, Hollywood Wax Museum, Wonderworks, and Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, Pigeon Forge rivals Gatlinburg in terms of amusement. It is also a great place to book a hotel in if you want to sample some of Tennessee’s finest Southern comfort foods or shop for designer brands.
There is a huge array of hotels in the area, so you will be sure to find one to suit your needs. With 89 4 star hotels, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have the perfect luxury hotel to suit any fans of the finer things in life. The hotels contain pools, gyms, and on-site restaurant facilities. Some are city based and a few are fancy resorts.
With 1004 3 star hotels in the area, your only problem will be deciding which one to stay at! After all, these hotels will treat you to a range of prices and facilities, suitable for any budget and taste.
If you are lucky enough to be working in the beautiful area on business, select one of the 129 business hotels on offer in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Some of them are more chilled, enabling you to both work and play while on your business trip, whereas others are more business-orientated.
If you cannot bear to leave your pet behind, there are 102 pet-friendly hotels in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, at a variety of prices and star ratings. These are dotted around the two towns and further afield, so you will not have any trouble finding accommodation in your desired location.
McGhee Tyson Airport serves cities all over the USA and is located just over 34 miles from Pigeon Forge and 41 miles from Gatlinburg. As the drive can take over an hour, you might want to stay in a McGhee Tyson Airport hotel before or after your flight. Located around Rockford and Alcoa, these hotels come within a range of star ratings and prices, and can be either independent hotels or chains.