Smoky Mountains
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Our most recommended Smoky Mountains Day Trips

  • Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

    1. Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

    Two options allow you to choose the perfect flight: The Lake View flight extends past the French Broad River and takes you out to Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is a 33,000 acre man-made lake with over 450 miles of shoreline. This flight will get you up to 1,500 feet in altitude, allowing you a superb view of the Great Smoky Mountains towards the south. Along the route, you will see areas of farmland and quilt-like patterns of pastures. As you get closer to Douglas Lake you will fly next to Douglas Dam. Lake view is a 6-minute flight covering 12 miles. The most popular option, Extended Lake flight, takes you even further. You will fly directly over Douglas Dam, and then proceed over the lake. In the summer take in astonishing sun-glistening views of the water and the people enjoying their time on the lake. In the winter the water level is lowered, so expect majestic views of exposed island...

    Very knowledgeable pilot!! Was a great experience for my husband’s first time !!

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Helicopter Tour

    2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Helicopter Tour

    Get an amazing overview of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area, and take in 50 miles (about 80 miles) of spectacular natural beauty on this 25-minute helicopter tour. Delight in the longest running tour in the area and fly with an expert pilot who will ensure you have an unforgettable experience.  Take off over historic downtown Sevierville and immediately enjoy stunning views of the Smoky Mountains. Continue over the strip of Pigeon Forge while taking in all the sights of the surrounding areas as you move southbound to Gatlinburg. Once over Gatlinburg, head west far and away from civilization into the National Park. Get your camera ready as this is a very popular area to view wildlife with an unrestricted view. Fly over the stunning Sugarland Valley, Fighting Creek Gap, and into the Elkmont area of the park. Admire views of Mount Leconte, Clingmans Dome, and Cove Mountain, as...

  • Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap and Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

    3. Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap and Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

    Before your adrenaline charged 4x4 off-road adventure, you'll depart in an iconic, open-air Pink Jeep Wrangler from Pigeon Forge. From there, Sugarland's Visitor Center is your first stop. Learn the history of the towns along the way. Passing through a forest that mimics the boreal forests, discover how the Smokies got their name, stop for amazing photo opportunities and hear more of local geology and history. Arrive at Newfound Gap, nearly 1 mile above sea level. See part of the mighty Appalachian Trail on a short walk, see Newfound Gap’s stunning viewpoint. The return trip from Newfound Gap includes stops for more photos. You’ll see the streams that ultimately feed the Gulf of Mexico via the mighty Mississippi River. Your tour finishes with a hand-gripping, off-roading ride through a trail on private land. Your professional tour guide has been expertly trained to give you an experien...

  • Pigeon Forge: Valleys & Views Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

    4. Pigeon Forge: Valleys & Views Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

    Relax in an open-air Jeep on a 2.5-hour panoramic tour in the Great Smoky Mountains through Wears Valley, along Little River Road and up the Foothills Parkway.  Hop aboard and ride off with your Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) towards Wears Valley, an idyllic community of quaint farms, historic sites and scenic views. Learn about the area’s rich history and how the Great Smoky Mountains got their name. Overlook stops offer awe-inspiring panoramas for spectacular photos of the mountains often blanketed in the smoke-like mist, for which they are famous. The parkway provides the best views of the highest peaks in the eastern United States. Touted as “one of the prettiest drives in America,” your guide will share how the rugged terrain and other fascinating factors caused this masterpiece to take decades to complete.

  • Smoky Mountains: Roaring Fork 2.5-Hour Jeep Tour

    5. Smoky Mountains: Roaring Fork 2.5-Hour Jeep Tour

    With your hands on your camera and your guide’s hands on the steering wheel, head toward a road where tour busses can’t go. The heavily forested Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a single lane road.  Along the way you’ll learn of the hardwood forest in the Smoky Mountains. A narrow, paved path through chestnut oak, white oak, magnolia, maple and tulip trees take you to the pinnacle, where stops at overlooks give you striking views. Historic structures dot the road’s edges. This was the American Frontier in the 1830s and 1840s.  From Roaring Fork, it’s one last pass through Gatlinburg on the way to a thrilling off-roading ride through a trail on private land. Your professional guide has been expertly trained to give you an experience unlike any other in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    This experience is totally new to this area. Beautiful day we had to tour. Not rushed, plenty of time to view, take pics and take it all in.

  • Pigeon Forge: Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour

    6. Pigeon Forge: Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour

    Enjoy picturesque vistas over the Smoky Mountains on this 15-minute flight dubbed the “Ridge Runner.” After taking off from the local partner’s private heliport, begin your flight over the stunning, misty Chilhowee mountain range. Feel the speed of the helicopter as you fly low over the treetops and mountains, getting a true taste of the beauty that is the American South. Gaze at historic downtown Sevierville and Pigeon Forge in the distance. Along the way, your expert guide will point out facts about the region, like the original designation of where the national park was supposed to be, as well as countless details about the flora and fauna of the region. After covering a distance of 30 miles, you’ll head back to the heliport, enriched by the one-of-a-kind, bird’s eye viewpoint of the mystic Smoky Mountains.

    My husband and son went. They said the pilot was fantastic & they definitely would go again.

  • Pigeon Forge: Wears Valley Helicopter Tour

    7. Pigeon Forge: Wears Valley Helicopter Tour

    Get an amazing overview of Sevier County’s most beautiful areas on this helicopter tour. Upon departure, you will travel over historic downtown Sevierville with the Smoky Mountains National Park in the distance. Continue over the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains and the Pigeon Forge Parkway before getting away from civilization over Pine Mountain. As you climb in altitude, you’ll follow the terrain up to the crest of Cove Mountain at the National Park boundary line where you’ll be met with spectacular views of the Wears Valley area. Cruising along Wears Valley, travel north over the east end of Waldens Creek and the foothills of Bluff Mountain before returning over the Tennessee Valley.

  • From Pigeon Forge: Foothills Parkway 3-Hour Jeep Tour

    8. From Pigeon Forge: Foothills Parkway 3-Hour Jeep Tour

    This tour includes the breathtaking beauty along the Foothills Parkway. It ends with the thrill of an off-road ride on private land in a custom and iconic Pink Jeep. Stop at overlooks for a spectacular photo tour. With your guide taking care of every amenity, you can focus completely on the scenery ahead. Foothills Parkway is touted by many as “the prettiest drive in America,” the parkway leads to awe-inspiring panoramas.  Approved by Congress in 1944, the final section of Foothills Parkway was completed in late 2018. Along the way your guide will tell of how the rugged terrain caused this masterpiece to take decades to complete. Not only is your guide an expert storyteller, but also an off-roading professional. Your guide will give you yet another memory to share with a 4x4 thrill ride through private, wooded lands that rise above Pigeon Forge.

    This was so fun. Great views and we had the opportunity to bounce around a good bit towards the end. We did some off-road stuff. I loved it!!

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What people are saying about Smoky Mountains

Great trip with a great view on the extended tour. Our guide, Collin, was wonderful! Would love to do this again and would likely pick one of the longer mountain tours. It would be totally worth it!

The gentleman who boards you was cool and funny and informative ans Phil the pilot rocked ans I don’t mean rocked the helicopter

My husband and son went. They said the pilot was fantastic & they definitely would go again.

Very knowledgeable pilot!! Was a great experience for my husband’s first time !!

The tour was excellent and our guide was knowledgeable and friendly.