Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour with Lunch
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Stop At: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Duration: 2 hours
Pass By: 178 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3516
Built in 1830 & still in operation today, the Old Mill is one of Pigeon Forge's most noted landmarks.
Stop At: Mountain Brothers General Store, 4149 Wears Valley Rd Corner of Wears Valley Rd & Line Springs, Sevierville, TN 37862-8151
We will also show you the oldest home in the area which was built in 1818. Among the stops in this area will be Mountain Brothers General Store and Elvira's Cafe where we stop for brunch. Mountain Brothers offers customers a chance to buy local Wears Valley jams, jellies, arts, & music.
Stop At: The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum, Us 321, Townsend, TN
We will be visiting the Artistic Bean for after brunch coffee, the Little River Railroad & Lumbar Company museum, and the Apple Valley stores.
Stop At: Tennessee Mountain Tours, 153 E Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA
Ride aboard our tour bus to the city of Pigeon Forge. In this area we will be visiting the Old Mill area. You will learn about its history, its heritage, & its people. We will discuss the Old Mill & its multiple uses throughout the years. Built in 1830 & still in operation today, the Old Mill is one of Pigeon Forge's most noted landmarks. Our next stop brings us to Wears Valley. Here we will discuss its name sake, Samuel Wear, a civil war veteran & hero. We will also show you the oldest home in the area which was built in 1818. Among the stops in this area will be Mountain Brothers General Store and Elvira's Cafe where we stop for brunch. Mountain Brothers offers customers a chance to buy local Wears Valley jams, jellies, arts, & music. After an amazing lunch we head on out to the area of Townsend. Here we discuss W.B. Townsend, his little river railroad & lumber company. We will be visiting the Artistic Bean for after brunch coffee, the Little River Railroad & Lumbar Company museum, and the Apple Valley stores. We make our way to the road known as Foothills Parkway West. North Carolina has a road named the Blue Ridge Parkway. Well, our Foothills was suppose to be a similar road on the Tennessee side. Scheduled to be finished by spring 2018 the section known locally as "the missing link" will open up a new area of the Foothills that sat incomplete for more than 2 decades. On our way up we will make 3 stops to get some of the best photos in the entire region. Once we reach the top there will be an optional hike of 1/4 mile to the observatory to get breathtaking 360 views. Heading down the mountain side we go into the national park. Along the way we may watch videos that tell you about the area of Cades Cove. We don't actually go into the cove but we bring you to it to teach you its history. If the cove was a national park it would be the second most visited park in the United States. We will make a restroom stop at the top before heading back down to Little River Road on our trip towards Gatlinburg. Once we get into the Elkmont area hear tails about such locals as Lemuel Ownby, the Sage of the Smokies. You may also hear tails of the Walker Sisters who made their home in the park area known as Little Greenbriar. As we get closer to Gatlinburg we may make a final stop at Sugarlands Visitor Center depending on time. As you enter into the city you will learn the history of Gatlinburg. We will discuss its founding family and its long heritage as the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. On this amazing 8 hour journey your guide will be there to answer all your questions and to entice you with many tales from both historical and personal experiences. This is a fully narrated tour and our guides are encouraged to share their life stories growing up in rural East TN.
- Includes lunch at a great local restaurant
- Local guide
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly
- Entry/Admission - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Entry/Admission - The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum
- Entry/Admission - Tennessee Mountain Tours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
If you are ever in Pigeon Forge and have a free day, you won’t want to miss this tour. Our tour guide was wonderful, humorous and very informative with the history, the culture, the geography, politics and folklore as well. I really can’t say enough about the day trip with him. The van that we traveled in was excellent and lithe restaurant was a fun place that was not just a name brand, but a local eatery. He stopped often for photos and views of the magnificent Appalachian Mountains as well. A great tour and lots of fun for any age!
Dustin was a great tour guide, and brought Pam along for the ride, who we had toured with the day before to Cade's Cove. We were with another couple our friends, and once again were the only tourists on the van. It was a great day - not rushed seeing and learning about the town of Gatlinburg stopping for great sights, shopping and lunch and seeing the amazingly beautiful Smokies. Learning about the mountains, the establishment of the national park and the people of the area was a wonderful way to spend the day. A must!
Great tour. Tour guide was excellent.
We really enjoyed our tour. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable about the history of the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. He was a local resident, a 7th generation member of his family from the area, and was able to pass on so much information. We saw a mama bear and her two cubs in the woods, in addition waterfalls, streams and beautiful scenery. We shopped at several local businesses, including a pottery store where we sat and watched an employee spinning vases. It was mesmerizing to watch, we could have sat there for hours. The tour was a lot of fun. We learned a lot and we would highly recommend it.
Really nice day. Dustin was great. A nice way to see the National Park. Lunch was great too. We stopped at Elvira's. Some light hiking trails are optional which was really fun too.
Good Tour! Destin was our driver and tour guide. He does a good job and he picked a local restaurant we could eat at that had excellent food for lunch! I would recommend this tour for anyone wanted to know the history of the Smoky Mountains.