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Nestled next to the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a family-friendly getaway that is as unusual as its name. This tiny town (with a population of just over 5,000) welcomes more than 10 million visitors each year and offers plenty of visitor-friendly things to do, so you know it accommodates out-of-towners well.
Many of the visitors opt to camp in the nearby national park or to stay in a private cabin, and it used to be that those kinds of mountain accommodations usurped the traditional hotel. But in recent years the hoteliers (and local restaurants) have upped their game, and now there are more than a handful of decent places to stay, whether you’re coming to town with a passel of kids ready to scream their way through Pigeon Forge’s amusement parks or looking for a more serene wilderness experience. None of the properties are true luxury hotels; Pigeon Forge’s charm is in its everyman appeal, and that includes the hotels. Here we’ve ranked our 10 best to have you resting your head in the mountains in no time.