Are you torn between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for your upcoming Smoky Mountains trip? Don’t worry – we’ve got the solution!
Many people find it difficult to choose just one of these two amazing towns. The good news is that no matter which town you choose, you’ll be in for an incredible experience!
Gatlinburg offers more luxury accommodations.
Pigeon Forge is home to a wide variety of hotels and motels, most of which offer budget-friendly rates.
Gatlinburg has a few other attractions that can add up quickly if you take advantage of them.
There are more restaurants to choose from in Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg is located just 5 miles away from the Smoky Mountains National Park entrance, while Pigeon Forge lies around 8 miles away.
Pigeon Forge is often thought to be more kid-friendly as there are a variety of amusement parks and attractions including Dollywood.
While Gatlinburg offers plenty of attractions for kids, the appeal of its moonshine distilleries combined with outdoor activities like hiking tend to pull in a more mature crowd.
Lodging is generally cheaper
Plenty of kid-friendly attractions
More family-style restaurants
Home of Tennessee’s no.1 attraction, Dollywood
Closer to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Offer more upscale lodging and restaurants
More attractions for adults
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