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Pigeon Forge lives up to its quirky name; it’s a destination like no other. Part Branson, part Las Vegas, part Orlando, it is a strip of manufactured tourist attractions in a location surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty.
The town, which has a population of less than 6,000, welcomes nearly 10 million people annually, due to its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The focus is on family-friendly fun; think amusement parks, theme hotels, corny dinner theater restaurants, arcades and the like. For the most part, if you're looking for subtle, this ain't your vacation destination. Pigeon Forge is about neon, airbrush and shrieks and screams. Of course, you're just a few minutes to the entrance to the National Park, where solitude, beautiful scenery and bears await.