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Why rent in the Smoky Mountains near the Parkway?

You will be near all the action if you rent a cabin in the Smoky Mountains near the Parkway. You’ll feel like you are deep in the historic mountains but be just a short drive or even walk from shopping, dinner theaters, eating, rides, attractions and so much fun. Check out our blog on scenic drives as well.

Family Getaway


Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have unique, fun and tasty options for every meal. Whatever you are looking for – breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks, romantic, family-friendly, casual or high-end – you can find it in the Smoky Mountains.

Check out our blogs for Kid friendly restaurants, excellent Lunch spots and romantic dinner ideas.

family style meat and three

Among the fabulous fun in the Great Smoky Mountains towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg: dinner theaters. Singing, dancing, pirates, fights, comedy, and live animals of all sorts including buffalo, long-horn cows, piglets and horses. All while you and your family enjoy marvelous, tasty southern, home-cookin’-style meals.

Dinner theaters are some of the most family fun you can have during your mountain cabin vacation, and among the favorites are those operated by the Dolly Parton family of businesses. American Patriot Getaways has discount tickets and amazing cabins nearby for your trip.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede (previously Dixie Stampede), Comedy Barn, Hatfield & McCoy and Smoky Mountain Opry and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show have adventures and fun for the entire family and are located right on the Parkway.

The Stampede, in its 32nd season, is geared around family, audience participation, good-natured competition, a tasty country meal and a professional and entertaining show. Horses are the main focus – with teams of professional trick riders. The Stampede is located at 3849 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. (865) 453-4400.

Dinner Theater

An all you can eat family-dinner adventure, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud puts visitors in the middle of the longest running feud in history. Visitors are asked to help the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their differences mountain-style.

Singing and dancing, “mighty feats of strength, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy” are all part of the fun. How about a good ol’ fashioned hoedown!

Find the theater off the Parkway at 119 Music Rd., Pigeon Forge, (800) 985 5494.

The Comedy Barn

Dinner And A Show

Also, billed as “clean fun,” the Comedy Barn Theater is a live entertainment experience you will not want to miss! From Hee Haw-type skits to clogging, juggling, lots of music, animal antics, the comedy barn offers silliness for all.  The Comedy Barn is located at 2775 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. (865) 428-5222.

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is open now and filled with swashbuckling fun! Here, you’ll join “the most famous pirate, Blackbeard, and his quarter master, Calico Jack, as they lead the Crimson and Sapphire crews in a battle on land, on deck, in water and high above full-sized pirate ships in an indoor hideaway lagoon.”

There are mermaids, tropical birds, and much more all while you enjoy a four-course feast that includes Buccaneer Biscuits, Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Bone-in Pork Chop, Matey’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Jolly Roger Sweet Potato Souffle, Walk the Plank Peach Turnover, Unlimited Coca-Cola, Tea or Coffee.


Gatlinburg’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has eight fun, and sometimes heart-stopping, and super weird adventures. Ripley’s history began more than a hundred years ago with a cartoon drawn by LeRoy Robert Ripley. Ripley began to travel and started publishing yearly books in 1929.  His first “Odditorium” opened at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933.

Today, the Gatlinburg attractions include an Odditorium – a place where people can marvel at artifacts Ripley collected, as well as people – or replicas and videos of people – with amazing and unbelievable talents. There’s a haunted house like no other, along with an amazing aquarium filled with unique and fascinating animals. Two themed mini-golf adventures are part of the Ripley’s Gatlinburg family of fun and bizarre.

Ripley’s Gatlinburg attractions are open 365 days a year (mini-golf courses are open weather permitting).

Titanic Museum

Located at 2134 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Titanic Museum is hard to miss. The ship-building was designed half-scale to the original luxury cruise liner, which was 882 feet in length, and at the time, the largest man-made moving object on Earth. The museum ship seems to be in motion cutting through the sidewalks and onto the streets of Pigeon Forge – towering above and beckoning visitors.

You get a real Titanic passenger’s ticket and follow that person’s experience through the ship.

Figure 1Photo Courtesy of Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge
Courtesy of Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge

Walking through the ship is a romantic trip through the museum as you take the self-guided tour and learn how your passenger ate, slept, worked and played on the voyage, a trip of a lifetime. The Titanic, a White Star Liner ship, set sail from Southampton, England and was headed to New York City when it hit an iceberg about 370 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

At the end of your two-hour Titanic journey, discover your passenger or crew’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line the wall.

Attractions Just Don’t Quit

In addition to this, any time of year, Ober Mountain is fun, relaxing and offers some of the best views of the mountains.

There’s Ski Mountain Coaster, the Aerial Tramway, Alpine Slide, Wildlife Encounter, Mini Golf, Water Raft Rides, shops, ice skating, ice bumper cars, summer tubing (in the winter, this area is covered in snow!), an arcade and more – all located at 1001 Parkway in Gatlinburg,(865) 436-5423.

The Island in Pigeon Forge is another great shopping destination. More than 60 unique shops.

While you’re there, sit, take in the sights, play, eat and shop. Sit in a sweet rocking chair and watch the dancing fountain – coordinated to music all day and night. Play! There’s The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and the Island Rope Course. You can pan for gold at Island Miner’s Gems and get lost and a little woozy in the Island Mirror Maze.


Among the interesting shops are:
Savannah Bee Company – honey tasting, honey accessories, honey lip balm – I bought a unique Mint Julep balm last time I was there.

Old Smoky Moon Shine – pick up some white lightning and accessories to take home and share with friends.

The Paula Deen Store – celebrity chef Paula Deen has a retail store and a restaurant at The Island. Butter anyone?

Farmhouse 9110 – made in the U.S. original home décor from signs to coffee mugs, reclaimed wood and farmhouse charm.

Build-a-Bear – you remember these. You make your own bear and even put its heart in as the final touch.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

Finally, if you’re at The island all day, you’re going to get hungry, and thirsty. Among the offerings are Paula Deen’s, Yee-Haw Brewing Company, Margaritaville, Mellow Mushroom, Timberwood Grill.

Find The Island at 131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge.


Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are home to malls, outlets and hundreds of stores. Designer clothing and accessories, antiques, quirky locally owned shops, gift and souvenir stores, art, hand-made crafts, candles, preserves and specialty foods traditional to this mountain area.

The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, which is also dubbed as a “premier indoor shopping experience.” Each shop has a unique theme such as hand-crafted candy and local foods, hand-made jewelry, custom-blended tobacco products, quilts, dolls, magic tricks, sports, clothing for your dog, collectible toys and locally made artwork.

Mountain Mall is located at Traffic Light #6 across from Ripley’s Aquarium. 611 Parkway, Ste F15, Gatlinburg.

Nearby, a few steps off Gatlinburg’s bustling main street is The Village. Here, there are a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries and galleries make for a pleasant shopping experience.

Walk and shop through the quaint village of Old World-style buildings and brick paths. It’s like stepping back in time.

The Village is located just past Traffic Light #6, The Village address is 634 Parkway, Gatlinburg.

And More Shopping

Then there’s Lumberjack Square – Formerly Walden’s Landing. Here, the shops are in a quaint, wide-sidewalk, bench-lined family-friendly center are perfect for finding gifts. Smoky Mountain Popcorn Company for 141 gourmet popcorn. Sweet Peas, The Red Rocket, Gallery of Light.

women shopping

The largest shopping extravaganza is Tanger Outlets at 1645 Parkway.

Additionally, here you’ll find hundreds of our favorite shops with sales and deals galore – kids, adults, men, women, shoes of all kinds! Coach, Christopher & Banks, Harry & David (I could live on their chocolate covered blueberries!), Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Pink by Victoria, Tommy Hilfiger. There’s a Disney Outlet, Eddie Bauer, Brooks Brothers, Columbia, The North Face, Under Armour – and so much more. Check out the list of shops.

For more places to Shop Til You Drop, check out our blog post all about shopping in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!


Cabins near the Parkway stretch from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg. Let American Patriot Getaways friendly staff help you find the right one for you and your friends, family or significant other. Give our Reservations department a call at 800-204-5169 or check out all of our incredible cabins on our website. You can search by size, location, cabins with hot tubs, cabins with fabulous views and more. We look forward to hosting you soon!

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