Fodor's Expert Review Dollywood
Since 1986, more than 2 million visitors a year have walked through the gates of Dollywood for its family-focused theme-park entertainment. It started as a tiny attraction featuring Klondike Katie (a coal-fired steam train), a general store, a blacksmith shop, and a saloon, but now has expanded to more than 150 acres with millions spent on additions and improvements. You can still ride a steam locomotive, catch a live show at the Back Porch Theater, visit old buildings, and ride the Smoky Mountain River Rampage—or head for the newest thrill ride, the Family FireChaser Express dual-launch coaster, which is a huge dollop of frosting on a tasty array of attractions, live shows, dining, shopping, and crafts displays. Wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles are available to rent—reserve online 48 hours in advance.