No matter what time of year it is, people coming into Pigeon Forge for the first time, or even the second and third time, ask “Where is the best place to view the Smoky Mountains?” And while answers like a hike, or Cades Cove, are common, some of the best ways to see the Smokies are by way of some of the area’s newest attractions.
Pigeon Forge is full of great attractions and some of them offer spectacular views of the mountains that you just don’t find anywhere else. What better place to start than Pigeon Forge’s largest attraction – Dollywood. There you’ll find the Smoky Mountain amusement park’s newest ride, The Wild Eagle.
The Wild Eagle roller coaster is the first of its kind, design wise, in the United States. Its a winged roller coaster which by design means that the seats stick out off the coaster’s track like eagle’s wings. The ride is constructed so that nothing is over your head or under your feet. It’s a great way to take in the mountain scenery surrounding the park. Te coaster itself rises 21 stories above Dollywood’s tallest ridge, the perfect height for viewing some of the most picturesque peaks surrounding the area.
Another way to take in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge is to float above the WonderWorks attraction on the Parkway on the Wonders of Flight balloon. This blue and green, helium-filled balloon measures 72 feet in diameter and is big enough to where you and 29 friends can fit comfortably in its gondola. Steel cables are attached from the balloon to the building so there’s no chance of floating away into the Smokies, though once you’re up admiring the view you just might wish that were an option.
One other locale you might want to visit is the Hollywood Wax Museum. Located on Showplace Boulevard, the building houses wax figures of such notable Hollywood stars John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. It also offers an exterior observation level where visitors can take the Smokies highest peak – Mount LeConte, which stands at 6,593 feet in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
These are just a few of the major attractions in town that offer unobstructed views of the Smoky Mountains. If you know of any other, think we’ve missed, or just want to suggest one yourself, drop us a line in the comment box below. We hope you enjoy Pigeon Forge, its attractions and all the natural offerings of the Great Smoky Mountains.