Pigeon Forge, TN (approximately 45 miles)

Experience the more than 40 attractions located along Pigeon Forge’s Parkway. From miniature golf, go-carts and bumper boats to water rides, laser games and even an indoor skydiving simulator, you can be rest assured that your family will never be bored. The city also offers entertaining and educational exhibits on display at various museums including the Police Museum, Dinosaur Walk Museum, Elvis Museum, and Veterans Memorial Museum. In addition to the fun-filled attractions, Pigeon Forge is home to music, magic and variety, with theaters presenting all styles of music, high-energy dancing and magical illusions while remaining dedicated to presenting wholesome family entertainment. No visit to Pigeon Forge would be complete without a visit to the Dollywood theme park, one of the South’s favorite family vacation spots filled with music, rides, mountain craft demonstrations and other attractions that showcase life in the Smoky Mountains.

Gatlinburg, TN (approximately 49 miles)

Gatlinburg features a beautiful spot of pampered civilization nestled in one of the last tracts of unspoiled wilderness in the eastern United States. Explore the new 1.3 million gallon Ripley’s Aquarium, ride the country’s largest aerial tram to the top of Ober Gatlinburg to experience its skiing and amusement park, shop at over 400 unique shops or travel the 8-mile loop of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the largest gathering of independent artisans in the country.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (entrance in Gatlinburg)

Ridge upon ridge of endless forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. Recommended activities include camping, hiking the park’s more than 800 miles of trails, picnicking, sightseeing, fishing, auto touring, and nature viewing. Photographic opportunities abound.

Hot Springs, NC (approximately 22 miles)

Named for the town’s natural hot mineral springs, Hot Springs is located at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River in North Carolina. Surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, Hot Springs offers additional outdoor activities including hiking on the Appalachian Trail as well as the opportunity to soak in hot mineral springs on the banks of the French Broad River. Hot Springs is a small mountain town, which epitomizes the North Carolina mountains. It has a history of attracting people from all over the country to take the curative waters and enjoy the healthful mountain air. The quaint downtown area offers a number of shops and restaurants.

Asheville, NC (approximately 56 miles)

Mountain adventure of the most diverse kind awaits your visit to Asheville, whether you’re planning a tour of restaurants and culinary delights or coming to try out the area’s outdoor sports activities. The Blue Ridge Parkway, a thriving arts community and Biltmore Estate top the list of Asheville’s best-known delights. Downtown awaits, with its funky charm and secrets to be discovered. Or, plan a trip of cultural discovery to explore the homes of our nation’s great writers and take in the history of mountain music.

Jonesborough, TN (approximately 41 miles)

Historic Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee, entertaining guests for over 220 years including Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. The town has worked hard to not only preserve their historic buildings and character, but their cultural heritage as well. Jonesborough is the storytelling capital of the world, and there are storytelling events and activities going on all the time. The town offers free concerts downtown every Friday night from May through September with Music on the Square. Enjoy shopping in the unique stores and eating in the quaint cafés and restaurants.