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In Sevier County lies Pigeon Forge, most notably known as the hometown of country music legend Dolly Parton. What’s more, Pigeon Forge is also a student travel destination unlike any other. Entertainment is truly the name of the game here, thanks to its wide variety of attractions and experiences just waiting to be enjoyed.

Students interested in true crime will enjoy a stop at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, an attraction that’s filled with artifacts and information about some of America’s most notorious criminals, along with the crime fighters and the methods used to bring them to justice.

A visit to the Country Tonite Theatre is a must for performing student groups. In addition to enjoying a high-quality performance complete with state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video with two giant screens, students could even have the opportunity to be the opening act for the Country Tonite show. Backstage tours, Q&A sessions with the cast and specialized workshops on singing, comedy, dancing and more are available.

Students could also explore history, physics, zoology and geography at Dollywood; take to the indoor snow tubing slopes (all year round!) at Pigeon Forge Snow; perform in front of the 200-foot-tall Great Smoky Mountains Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge; step back in time at the Titanic Museum Attraction; and much more.

Be sure not to miss the natural splendor found amongst the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, a mountain town with plenty for students to see and do.

Often recognized as the best aquarium in North America, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is an immersive and educational experience unlike any other. Students will love the aquarium’s spectacular underwater tunnel with 12-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle and thousands of exotic sea creatures.

Another exciting stop is Anakeesta, a mountain top theme park that sits high atop Gatlinburg with spectacular views of town and the national park. Here students could shop, dine and stroll on the TreeTop Skywalk, the longest tree-based skywalk bridge in North America, with over 800-feet of connected bridges hanging 50 to 60-feet in the air. Afterwards, catch a bite at group-friendly Cliff Top restaurant, located in Anakeesta’s Black Bear Village.

And that’s not all. Students could sightsee on the Ober Mountain Aerial Tramway; splash year round in the indoor Westgate Wild Bear Falls Water Park; and plenty more.

Let the team a ETI help you plan your Tennessee adventure today!

Courtesy of ETI.


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