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Sights of The Great Smoky Mountains Full Day Tour with Lunch

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Pigeon Forge, United States

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


The Smoky Mountains are known for their beautiful nature, but the history and culture of the area also runs deep. Learn about the founders of Gatlinburg, the old mill at Pigeon Forge, and head up the mountain to Rockefeller Memorial. Then, enjoy lunch (included) in Wears Valley at Elvira's Cafe, and more on this fully-narrated day-long tour from Pigeon Forge.
  • Fully narrated tour provides insight into local culture and history
  • Visit main attractions in the region, including Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Foothills Parkway West
  • Ideal overview of the area for first-time visitors
  • Enjoy lunch in Wears Valley at Elvira's Cafe, included in the tour price
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Includes lunch at a great local restaurant
Local guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
153 E Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the Shops of Pigeon Forge for a morning departure time. Meet your guide and your group, and then board a bus for your full-day sightseeing tour of the Gatlinburg area.

Begin your tour with a trip to the city of Gatlinburg itself. Discover the Townsend area, drive down Foothills Parkway West, and then head up the mountain to the Rockefeller Memorial.

Then, continue to Wear Valley to learn about the area's history and enjoy lunch at a local cafe (included).

Next, head to the city of Pigeon Forge, known for its fully-operating 1830s grain mill. Your guide will provide informative commentary about the area’s culture and history throughout the tour.

Return to the Shops of Pigeon Forge at the end of the tour.
Stop At:  
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Old Mill
Built in 1830 & still in operation today, the Old Mill is one of Pigeon Forge's most noted landmarks.
Stop At:  
Mountain Brothers General Store
We will also show you the oldest home in the area which was built in 1818. Among the stops in this area will be Mountain Brothers General Store and Elvira's Cafe where we stop for brunch. Mountain Brothers offers customers a chance to buy local Wears Valley jams, jellies, arts, & music.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum
We will be visiting the Artistic Bean for after brunch coffee, the Little River Railroad & Lumbar Company museum, and the Apple Valley stores.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tennessee Mountain Tours
Ride aboard our tour bus to the city of Pigeon Forge. In this area we will be visiting the Old Mill area. You will learn about its history, its heritage, & its people. We will discuss the Old Mill & its multiple uses throughout the years. Built in 1830 & still in operation today, the Old Mill is one of Pigeon Forge's most noted landmarks. Our next stop brings us to Wears Valley. Here we will discuss its name sake, Samuel Wear, a civil war veteran & hero. We will also show you the oldest home in the area which was built in 1818. Among the stops in this area will be Mountain Brothers General Store and Elvira's Cafe where we stop for brunch. Mountain Brothers offers customers a chance to buy local Wears Valley jams, jellies, arts, & music. After an amazing lunch we head on out to the area of Townsend. Here we discuss W.B. Townsend, his little river railroad & lumber company. We will be visiting the Artistic Bean for after brunch coffee, the Little River Railroad & Lumbar Company museum, and the Apple Valley stores. We make our way to the road known as Foothills Parkway West. North Carolina has a road named the Blue Ridge Parkway. Well, our Foothills was suppose to be a similar road on the Tennessee side. Scheduled to be finished by spring 2018 the section known locally as "the missing link" will open up a new area of the Foothills that sat incomplete for more than 2 decades. On our way up we will make 3 stops to get some of the best photos in the entire region. Once we reach the top there will be an optional hike of 1/4 mile to the observatory to get breathtaking 360 views. Heading down the mountain side we go into the national park. Along the way we may watch videos that tell you about the area of Cades Cove. We don't actually go into the cove but we bring you to it to teach you its history. If the cove was a national park it would be the second most visited park in the United States. We will make a restroom stop at the top before heading back down to Little River Road on our trip towards Gatlinburg. Once we get into the Elkmont area hear tails about such locals as Lemuel Ownby, the Sage of the Smokies. You may also hear tails of the Walker Sisters who made their home in the park area known as Little Greenbriar. As we get closer to Gatlinburg we may make a final stop at Sugarlands Visitor Center depending on time. As you enter into the city you will learn the history of Gatlinburg. We will discuss its founding family and its long heritage as the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. On this amazing 8 hour journey your guide will be there to answer all your questions and to entice you with many tales from both historical and personal experiences. This is a fully narrated tour and our guides are encouraged to share their life stories growing up in rural East TN.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tennessee Mountain Tours

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30 Reviews
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, Sep 2019
Very nice tour and lunch was very good I would recommend this tour for anyone no matter what age they will surely enjoy it our guide Dereck was wonderful
Smoky Mountain Tour was wonderful
, Aug 2019
If you are ever in Pigeon Forge and have a free day, you won’t want to miss this tour. Our tour guide was wonderful, humorous and very informative with the history, the culture, the geography, politics and folklore as well. I really can’t say enough about the day trip with him. The van that we traveled in was excellent and lithe restaurant was a fun place that was not just a name brand, but a local eatery. He stopped often for photos and views of the magnificent Appalachian Mountains as well. A great tour and lots of fun for any age!
Dustin was a great tour guide, and...
Judith M
, Jun 2018
Dustin was a great tour guide, and brought Pam along for the ride, who we had toured with the day before to Cade's Cove. We were with another couple our friends, and once again were the only tourists on the van. It was a great day - not rushed seeing and learning about the town of Gatlinburg stopping for great sights, shopping and lunch and seeing the amazingly beautiful Smokies. Learning about the mountains, the establishment of the national park and the people of the area was a wonderful way to spend the day. A must!
Absolutely great tour. Fascinating...
Melodie W
, Nov 2017
Absolutely great tour. Fascinating info about the Smokies and people of the Smokies. We want to come back for more tours. Thanks for the good lunch and great day.
The driver was 15-minutes late. He...
Brenda M
, Oct 2017
The driver was 15-minutes late. He said he had been waiting in line for gas. Our first stop was for lunch around 10:45 AM at a restaurant out on some highway. It had only been a couple of hours since my husband and I had finished breakfast so he and I sat on the porch waiting another 45-minutes or so to take the tour. From the restaurant we were taken to a coffee shop. This took another half-hour for everyone to get off, order a drink, and then return to the van. Then we left for a tour of an old train depot that wasnt even open on that day so we were only allowed to walk around the grounds and look at what was outside. Then we went to an old part of town to a shopping area and wasted a lot more time. When we finally got on the tour it consisted of him pointing sites out and telling us a little about them and then informing us it would be worth coming back to visit if we had a vehicle And, most of the time in the van was spent listening to his stories about growing up in those parts. He was a very nice man, but I was interested in learning about the area and seeing sites I might ordinarily miss on my own but that did not happen. This was the worse tour I had ever been on and it cost 100 for each of the two of us. We both felt like we were taken advantage of.
Worst trip ever. Junk old van dirty...
Warren C
, Sep 2017
Worst trip ever. Junk old van dirty windows and an unprofessional tour director who stopped at every small local mountain shop. Complete rip off.
A must take tour. Our tour guide was...
LuAnn D
, Aug 2017
A must take tour. Our tour guide was Dustin and he knows all this history of the area.
We really enjoyed our tour. Our...
Carla R
, May 2017
We really enjoyed our tour. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable about the history of the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. He was a local resident, a 7th generation member of his family from the area, and was able to pass on so much information. We saw a mama bear and her two cubs in the woods, in addition waterfalls, streams and beautiful scenery. We shopped at several local businesses, including a pottery store where we sat and watched an employee spinning vases. It was mesmerizing to watch, we could have sat there for hours. The tour was a lot of fun. We learned a lot and we would highly recommend it.
Really nice day. Dustin was great. A...
Laura L
, May 2017
Really nice day. Dustin was great. A nice way to see the National Park. Lunch was great too. We stopped at Elvira's. Some light hiking trails are optional which was really fun too.
Everything began as it should we...
Roe B. L
, May 2017
Everything began as it should we arrived at the visitor center early and so did Dustin the tour guide, after all the other guest arrived we started on our trip. We then started our tour through the Smokies and just before the first stop we noticed high wind and limbs falling into road, we stopped at first stop and was enjoying the beautiful scenery of mountain stream and lush vegetation. About two miles after the first stop we saw a park ranger with help pulling a small tree from road we then proceeded on our way and then saw a much larger tree in road, in just a few minutes the same ranger came up behind us and told us we had to get out of the park pronto. Dustin then had to back the bus at least a mile to find room to turn around. All roads into the smokies were closed and Dustin had to come up with plan B. He backtracked and did the latter part of the plan and then showed us Buffalo, art district etc., being a local he knew every pig path in the area so we had a marvelous trip, I know the original trip would have been great but we had an adventure not a tour. You will be in the most capable of hands with Dustin and he is a great communicator. Best tour I have ever been on and if not in capable hands would have been a disaster.

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