There’s a whole world of natural wonders - nightlife, live music, theaters, shopping and more - just a few miles from MacAllan Ridge. Guests can access the splendor of Great Smoky Mountain National Park in just 5 minutes. Or take a short drive to all that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have to offer, including world famous Dollywood.
For the complete shopping experience, visit the gift shops of Gatlinburg and the Pigeon Forge Smoky Mountains. Some of Gatlinburg’s best shopping is found in The Village Shops, a collection of 27 unique shops in a quaint Old World setting right near the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. For a true shopper’s paradise, spend a day at the Pigeon Forge outlet malls, which offer numerous shops with savings you can only find at an outlet store!
Learn more about Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg shopping at SmokyMountainShopper.com.
Bringing a piece of Scotland to the Smokies. The Tennessee Highland Games is an annual celebration of all things Scottish. The festival features activities for children and adults, while also catering to their bellies. Join in the axe throwing, highland wrestling, dance competitions, boniest knees contests, Haggis hurl, shortbread contests and more!
Learn more at the official Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games website.
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of 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.
Learn more at the National Park Service website.
This year-round amusement park and ski resort sits atop Mount Harrison, overlooking Downtown Gatlinburg, and is the perfect destination for a vacation getaway. Ober Gatlinburg features downhill snow skiing and snowboarding on 8 ski trails, as well as the latest in indoor amusement. Other highlights include a Black Bear habitat, 18-hole miniature golf course, high bank go-cart track, batting cages, Lightnin’ Raft Ride, covered Shoot-the-Chute Water Rides, Blue Cyclone Rapids, Kiddie Land, and a variety of craft and gift shops.
Learn more at OberGatlinburg.com.
Dixie Stampede is a fun-filled, action-packed Dinner and Show extravaganza. It’s the perfect place for families, friends and groups to gather for spectacular special effects and amazing stunts by talented performers. Dixie Stampede serves up plenty of family fun during the meal by featuring 32 champion horses, dozens of cast members, live buffalo, amazing ostrich races, magic and more! Visitors of all ages enjoy the thrills and excitement because you never know what you’ll see! From the first moment you arrive to the grand finale, you’ll be surprised, entertained and awed by the beauty of the horses, the magic of the special effects, and the perfect performances.
Learn more at DixieStampede.com.
Unique as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood theme park is one of the most popular family vacation destinations. Spanning 125 acres and nestled in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood features thrilling rides and live entertainment, showcasing the best in country, bluegrass, mountain and gospel music. Catch a glimpse of master craftsmen demonstrating centuries-old crafts including blacksmithing, glass blowing and wood carving. Or experience one of the South’s largest festivals - Festival of Nations, KidsFest, National Harvest & Music Celebration, Smoky Mountain Christmas, or the new Bluegrass & BBQ. No matter what time of year you visit, Dollywood offers something special for every member of the family!
Learn more at Dollywood.com.
The Pigeon River’s close proximity to MacAllan Ridge provides an accessibly exciting trip for the entire family. The magnificent river begins in North Carolina and continues through Tennessee. Miles of class 3 and 4 rapids provide a fun, fast-paced whitewater run through breathtaking scenery. Experience the thrill while rafting through rapids named Powerhouse, Big Rock, Roller Coaster, Lost Guide, and Chubbie Checker.
Learn more at SmokyMountainRafting.com.