In 1969, after Pigeon Forge issued a zoning plan assigning the entire strip along US-441 for tourism use, Art Modell (owner of the Cleveland Browns) purchased Goldrush Junction. In 1976, Modell sold the Junction to the Herschend Brothers of Branson, Missouri. The Herschends renamed the park Silver Dollar City after their successful theme park in Branson. The Ozark mountain theme of the Branson location was easily reapplied as an Appalachian theme in Pigeon Forge, and the park's attendance began to climb.
In 1982, hoping the capitalize on the publicity generated by the Knoxville World's Fair, Pigeon Forge initiated an aggressive economic plan that centered around theme parks, outlet malls, and live music venues. The first outlet mall, Factory Merchants, opened that same year. By 1987, there were four outlet malls in Pigeon Forge, and by the early 1990s, outlet malls provided 44% of the town's gross revenue.
The increasing number of tourist attractions brought competition for Silver Dollar City and its chief competitor in Pigeon Forge, Magic World, which had constructed a theme park on the slopes of Pine Mountain in the city's south section. In 1985, the Herschends approached entertainer Dolly Parton (who was born in nearby Sevierville) with a proposal for a partnership in the promotion and operation of Silver Dollar City. After lengthy negotiations, Parton became a minority partner in the enterprise, and Silver Dollar City was renamed Dollywood to kick off a major marketing campaign. The move proved successful as Dollywood continued expansion into the 21st century. Magic World folded in 1994.
Take the tour of historic downtown Sevierville, the eighth oldest town in Tennessee. Snap a photo with the bronze statue of Dolly Parton on the courthouse lawn and use our searchable coupons to get the best deals at Sevierville’s outlet stores. Then travel to hidden spots for authentic southern cuisine in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Visit Sevierville app also highlights major attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg as well.
Like a guide book, the Sevierville’s Smoky Mountains app highlights 150 locations in the Smoky Mountains area, uses GPS enabled coordinates to show point you to nearby shopping, attractions, lodging and restaurants and provides valuable coupons right on your phone.
What else does the Sevierville’s Smoky Mountains app offer?
-Popular tours, including one that focuses on locations in downtown Sevierville that figured prominently in the life of Dolly Parton.
-Interactive, zoomable GPs maps that indicate your current location and all the included points of interest on the tour (must have connectivity for maps).
-Full color, image slideshow files that share the history, culture, stores and behind-the-scenes information about what you are seeing.
-Multiple tour media access points: find desired tour stops from the map or a full tour stop list in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
-Location-based tour stop triggering: as you explore, a dynamic list of the tour stops nearest your location will continue to refresh.
-Tour stop images will help you orient yourself to your surroundings and find points of interest quickly.
-Additional embedded information such as phone numbers, websites, photos, social media links, applicable coupons, routing to address and text information deliver all the information you need for each tour stop.
The Sevierville’s Smoky Mountains app has an easy to use interface that enables you to quickly download the application and start enjoying the tours, deals and fun of Dolly Parton’s Hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee within a few seconds! After you’ve downloaded the application, choose to stream or download the tours, coupons and more as you explore Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. The streaming format saves hard drive space on your device and avoids the time association with large downloads. However, downloaded material and tours can be enjoyed without Wi-Fi or 4G connectivity (which is important if you plan to access the app while in the Great Smoky Mountains).
Download the Sevierville’s Smoky Mountains app now and start enjoying all the history, shopping and fun in Dolly Parton’s Hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee.
Guests of Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals will receive an invitation to download the app before their arrival. This app contains all the information each guest needs to know before, during, and after their stay. From arrival tips, directions to the property, property tips, and area information, to restaurant, event, and activity recommendations – this app has everything you need to spend more of your vacation having fun! Likewise, all of the restaurant, event, and activity recommendations may be viewed on a map to locate the closest to you at any time. Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals has combed through all of the area restaurants, events, and activities, and hand selected only the best to recommend to you. Now, you can vacation like a local!
You don’t have to be a guest of Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals to get this customized experience. Simply download the app and use it as a visitor. You still have access to all the area restaurant, event, and activity recommendations. While you are here, check out all of the great rental properties Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals has to offer. This app contains all the property information you need to book your next vacation in paradise. Each property listing contains detailed information and photos. In case you want to check out the properties before booking, the app allows you to view the properties in a map view.
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Amid the splendor of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg embodies the simple goodness of small town life. Gatlinburg is where we gather together and stand in awe of nature's glory. Here, we fill our spirits, seek inspiration, and continue the journey toward what we know is right. In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, we Reach Higher Ground.
Businesses in Gatlinburg understand the importance of providing the visitor with a green destination for eco-friendly vacations and get-a-ways. That extra effort is noted through business participation in the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Gatlinburg Goes Green initiative.
The adjacent Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has transformed Gatlinburg into a mountain resort destination, packed with every sort of lodging the Smoky Mountains have to offer, dozens of local to national restaurants, and attractions galore. Visitors from all over come to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to experience the cabins, golf, outdoor activities, and more
Whatever your bliss--going miniature golfing amidst dinosaurs, hiking to waterfalls you can walk behind, floating in mid-air at a skydiving simulator, discovering chic sandwich shops and gourmet hotspots, soaking in a private hot tub with amazing mountain views, or shopping for outlet bargains and local crafts--this essential guide's got you covered.
With this app you can:
* get the real insider's scoop on what to see and do in the Smokies
* sort entries you want to read by geographic area, by price, or by category
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* link directly to an entry's webpage and/or call its phone number
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★ About the Author ★
Travel writer and Knoxville resident Katy Koontz has been hooked on the Smokies for more than two decades. She's shrieked in their haunted houses, snapped up their Appalachian crafts, hit holes-in-one on their miniature golf courses (that's putt putt to you fellow locals), hiked their peaks, biked their valleys, gone tubing down their cold mountain rivers, whizzed through their treetops on ziplines, rode horseback through their woods, and rolled down their slopes inside a giant Zorb sphere. (She's even snorkeled the Smokies!)
Her research has taken her to every corner of the gateway towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend, and Cherokee to regularly report on the newest and craziest attractions, the best places to stay (for romantic getaways as well as family vacations), and the greatest grub the region has to dish out. She also taps into the national park's natural nirvana on a regular basis.
Katy is also the author of Family Fun in the Smokies: A Family-Friendly Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains (published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2012)
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Everything is accessible without a cell signal for use within the park.
This Visitor Guide gives you a great overview of the Smokies, featuring things to do, see, know and services, and contains a wide range of items such as:
• Favorite destinations like Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Roaring Fork, Oconaluftee Area, Fontana Dam, Cataloochee, Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimneys Picnic Area and many more.
• Filled with photos.
• Locations of services within the park such as visitor centers, restrooms and concessions.
• Concerns, guidelines, and tips—including what to do if you see a bear, bear behavior, directions, how to avoid the crowds, weather, snake and bug concerns and much more.
• Guides to popular recreation in the park such as auto touring, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, and more.
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In this place you can start with the historical tours which are even more fun filled on a family vacation with entertaining and educational exhibits on display at Carbo's Police Museum, Dinosaur Walk Museum, Elvis Museum, Veterans Memorial Museum and the Smoky Mountain Car Museum.
Some of the items you will find in this app:
Hotels in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge Vacation Deals
Videos of the Best Hotels
Review of Pigeon Forge Hotels
With the increasing number of tourists to this area each year you will find many hotels, motels, resorts and Inns which suit to almost every kind of visitor. What gives you more pleasure of stay and an excellent time in the city are the five star hotels in here.
These luxury hotels provide you with the finest of services and many facilities. The hotels in here are located in the most beautiful and breathtaking parts which adds to your overall stay in the city. The restaurants in the luxury hotels serve the finest delicacies from across the globe which sure is tempting for your taste buds.
So if you are looking for a family vacation to the region and budget is not holding you back then certainly you should enjoy every moment with the luxury hotels in pigeon forge.
This app is not endorsed or in any way affiliated with Pigeon Forge or any hotel listed. This is an independent app offered as a resource for Pigeon Forge tourist and visitors.