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Dolly Parton’s Theme Park – Dollywood – in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Article by Darryl Payne

When people think of Dollywood they come to think primarily of rides at an amusement park, but Dollywood is much more than fun-loving rides. It is The E-Pod of the south with exploration, entertainment, and education.

As you enter the gates of Dollywood you will begin your exploration through the “Craftsmen’s Valley” that offers a shady walk through a genuine holler past all sorts of working craftspeople, chefs cooking in huge cast iron skillets over open fires, and a winding brook. The steam train takes you on an exploration of times gone by with over 5 miles of track. You will explore the high ridges of the Smokies and back again on this unique visit in the Smokies.

Around the bend you will be entertained by gospel groups, musicals of the 50’s, celebration shows of the heritage of the great Smoky Mountains, and so much more. The shows are some of the best entertainment at Dollywood. Why, you will even meet some of Dolly Pardon’s relatives who are a part of the show!

Allow your children to be educated as they see where “Challenger” the bald eagle lives. Yes, Dollywood is the place that houses the Eagle Foundation. You will see demonstrations of how eagles, owls, hawks, and other endangered species are cared for. You may have seen “Challenger” at national football games, the World Series, or at national events in Washington as we celebrated our nation’s independence. It all happens at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Throughout the year there are several festivals inside the park, including a traditional Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration and a Fall Harvest Festival complete with bluegrass and country music. The Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration includes thousands of lights throughout the park and many Christmas-themed live shows. A summer concert series features more than 50 names in country music. With all these exciting events comes some exceptional food found only in the south. You will eat some of the best bar-b-cue and chicken this side of Memphis, Tennessee!

Arrive by 3 and the next day is free! That’s the policy at Dollywood. It’s their desire is to see that your family has a great vacation at an affordable price. Make the most of your day of arrival by visiting Dollywood in the late afternoon or evening and have a great dinner in the park. Enjoy the entertainment, exploration, and education until the park closes. Retreat to your cabin or hotel and get a great night of sleep and then come back the next morning FREE!

Dollywood is a mainstay when visiting the Smokies. Make sure to plan at least one day to take in all this fun-filled park has to offer.

About the Author

Darryl Payne is owner of Stone Oak Web Travel Guide, which offers information on the Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and more. Visit them online today at http://www.stoneoakweb.comfor complete Smoky Mountain vacation planning information. © 2008, All Rights Reserved

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