Go Back  Fodor's Forum > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page > Nashville & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - July 5th - 13th
Notices

Nashville & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - July 5th - 13th

Reply

Feb 26th, 2013, 09:19 AM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 79
Nashville & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - July 5th - 13th

Hi,

Going to Nashville for 4 nights and the Pigeon Forge area for 3 or 4 nights. It will be 4 of us, including 20 year old daughter and 17 year old son. Anything that's a can't miss or really cool that we'd probably miss will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

tj
tjw61 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 26th, 2013, 11:22 AM
  #2
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 7,443
Climbworks Canopy Tours--make reservations
Parrot Mountain
Hiking in Smokey's
My nephew loved Zorb, I didn't attempt it.

Perhaps a trip over to Ashville to see The Biltmore

I like Tomatohead for a meal in Knoxville(on the way in or out of the area)
Cakes By Bakin Bishop is good and Kilwin's Ice Cream are both good for a stop for something sweet.
spirobulldog is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 26th, 2013, 01:18 PM
  #3
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,248
What made you interested in those places? It's hard to give input without knowing anything about your interests.
jent103 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 26th, 2013, 01:52 PM
  #4
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 8,175
Country Music Hall of Fame
Ryman Auditorium
Hermitage
Parthenon
Grand Ole Opry Show & backstage tour
Belle Meade Plantation
Tennessee State Museum

Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Arts & Crafts Loop
abram is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 5th, 2013, 06:20 AM
  #5
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 79
Thanks for the replies. We will look into them all. As for why, we went to Hawaii last year and were looking for a place to drive and save airfare. We like country music, so Nashville seemed like a spot, but we didn't think we'd be busy enough for a whole week, that's where Dollywood came into play.
tjw61 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 5th, 2013, 09:32 AM
  #6
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,248
For Nashville, if you're a country fan I'd add to abram's (good!) list the Station Inn - it looks like a complete dive (and it is), but it's where you're likely to find some of the most true country/bluegrass around. The honky-tonks downtown will have musicians, more along the lines of what you'd hear on the radio.

The Bluebird Cafe is one of the most well-known venues in town; it's not strictly country, but features singer/songwriters, many of whom have written a lot of country songs. It's different from other places around because they really enforce quiet during the music - no phones, no chit-chatting during songs. If you plan to go there, book tickets early - it's been selling out more than usual because it's featured on the show Nashville.
jent103 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 5th, 2013, 03:00 PM
  #7
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 7,443
Loveless Cafe in Nashville

Las Paletas for popsicles(yeah, they are that good)in Nashville

The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson Home)
spirobulldog is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 30th, 2013, 05:46 AM
  #8
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 79
Thanks for the responses. We are currently debating whether to shorten our time by a day at each stop and spend a few days in Charlotte. Any thoughts on that?
tjw61 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 30th, 2013, 06:30 AM
  #9
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 7,443
I think you will need 3 or 4 days at each spot, depending on what all you want to see and do. So, if just a week, then I don't think you would have time to add an additional stop.
spirobulldog is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 30th, 2013, 06:31 AM
  #10
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 7,443
Between Gatlinburg and Nashville, stop at Knoxville at The Tomato Head for a meal.
spirobulldog is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 4th, 2013, 03:09 PM
  #11
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 79
Thanks for all the responses, the trip was great!
tjw61 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 4th, 2013, 05:42 PM
  #12
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,566
I live in Charlotte, and if you want to come, I would love for you to do that. I really think Asheville might be a possibility.
Pigeon Forge is cheap kitsch and outlet shopping--if you and your kids want to do that, that's fine with me. You mention Dollywood, and I've never been, but LOVE LOVE Dolly Parton. But I'm not on board with PF.
In Nashville do be sure to have their signature "dish" --hot chicken==somewhere.
Gretchen is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 4th, 2013, 09:52 PM
  #13
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,248
Gretchen - they've already been on the trip.

tjw, glad you had a good time!
jent103 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 5th, 2013, 05:28 AM
  #14
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,566
So they have. When I posted, (in spite of the time stamp), Spiro's post was the last one.
Gretchen is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 5th, 2013, 09:17 AM
  #15
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 7,465
tjw~what did you end up doing, and what was your favorite?
tenthumbs is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 11th, 2013, 01:44 PM
  #16
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 79
We had a good time at each area. We saw Carrie Underwood along with some great oldsters, like Jean Sheppard at the Grand Ole Opry Show. That was great. We stopped at the Tomatohead on the way to Nashville, very nice, good food. Nice area of Knoxville too. In Dollywood, we did the park which was good, but we also went on an ATV ride, which was a lot of fun. In Charlotte, we enjoyed downtown, but had a blast at the U.S. National Whitewater Center http://usnwc.org/ Besides whitewater rafting in a manmade river with Class II, III and IV Rapids.o have ziplines, high wire adventure courses, and lots of other stuff. It was really a great day and I'd have to say we had the most fun there. Again, thanks for the input!
tjw61 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 11th, 2013, 02:41 PM
  #17
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,566
The whitewater center is terrific!! Glad you came and did it==and had a good time elsewhere.
Gretchen is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:47 PM.