The family-centric Dollywood, known for its country charm in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is more than a typical theme park. It has over 50 thrilling rides, high-energy live performances and scrumptious down-home dining. You can also take a tour of Craftsman Valley to watch live demos of traditional Appalachian arts and crafts. After a fun-filled day, return to one of these top places to stay nearby – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Tucked in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and just minutes from the theme park, you’ll find Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. The family-friendly rooms have lots of layout options, including rooms with bunk beds. The resort has two pools – one with a waterfall – an interactive family splash pad, hot tubs and a fitness center. Kids will love the games room, which has a fort-like playground. Plus, the resort offers complimentary door-to-door transportation on the DreamMore Trolly to and from Dollywood. For the ultimate glam-experience, stay in the top-floor Dolly Parton Suite, which is decked in glitz and all things shiny.
Take your pick from the numerous Dollywood Cabins, each with a custom layout and unique features. It’s just minutes from Dollywood, and guests are greeted with sweeping views of the mountains. Select cabins include gourmet kitchens, roaring fireplaces, private theater rooms, game rooms and bedside jacuzzis in the master bedrooms. There’s a shared swimming pool and hot tub, a picnic pavilion with charcoal grills and a children’s playground.
Surrounded by waterfalls and a golf course, the RiverStone is a great base for exploring Pigeon Forge. The resort offers two types of accommodation: spacious condos and upscale cabins. Relish the warm wood interiors of the sprawling log cabins, which also have wrap-around porches. Or, for something more modern, the condos feature fully equipped kitchens, spacious living rooms, a gas fireplace, plus a washer and dryer. For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s a nature trail with riverside picnic tables. Other amenities include a spa, arcade room, fitness center with plenty of equipment and an indoor and outdoor pool.
An expansive outdoor pool featuring waterslides, lazy rivers and mushroom fountains awaits at the Music Road Resort. There are two accommodation types here, a traditional inn and a more contemporary hotel across the street. The room and suites have private balconies with views overlooking the mountains. Resort facilities include business and fitness centers, a kiddie pool perfect for toddlers, an indoor pool, hot tubs and two games rooms. Be sure to visit the concierge who can help you plan the rest of your Tennessee trip.
This lodge-style inn overlooking the Little Pigeon River is ready to welcome your little ones. Kids aged 10 and under receive complimentary kid bags. Plus, the hotel has a kid zone in the lobby with board games, toys and books. It also hosts complimentary family-friendly activities and events throughout the year. Adults will love the free hot breakfast bar – which serves Southern favorites such as biscuits and gravy – plus the indoor and outdoor pools and family-sized hot tub. Renovated rooms offer nice touches, from private balconies to jacuzzis and fireplaces.
The rooms and suites at the Hilton Garden Inn are stylish and ample in space, and come with signature Serta Suite Dreams beds and all the mod-cons you need. It’s just a short walk to many museums, restaurants and live performance dinner shows, and Dollywood is a 10-minute drive away. Back at the hotel, relax to views of the mountain range around the massive fire pit. There are also indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness center. Select suites have whirlpool baths, fireplaces and balconies – larger families will be grateful for the extra storage area featured in some suites.
It’s easy to relax in the spacious suites at SpringHill. They have separate living and bedroom areas, with modern West Elm furnishings and ergonomic workstations. Book a king studio suite and unwind after an exciting day at Dollywood by having a soak in your jetted garden tub. Mornings are made by the complimentary breakfast buffet, which offers hot and cold breakfast items. If the weather agrees, head to the outdoor pool area, which has slides and a hot tub with a fountain – or try the heated pool inside for year-round use.
The coastal-themed Margaritaville Island Inn brings a bit of the beach to Tennessee. The tropical-inspired rooms are clean and crisp with a palette of blues and greens. To embrace the tropical vibe, hang by either the indoor or outdoor pool – the latter has a covered patio with a fire pit. Take advantage of the beach cruiser bikes available for loan to explore the shops, restaurants and entertainment venues nearby. In the morning, there’s a beautiful buffet spread with seasonal fresh fruits.
Looking for somewhere else to stay? Book into one of the best budget-friendly hotels in Pigeon Forge now with Culture Trip, or treat yourself to a top luxury hotel. While in the area, read our hiker’s guide to the nearby Smoky Mountains. Don’t miss the most beautiful towns in Tennessee.
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