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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Helicopter Tour

    1. 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...

  • Smoky Mountains: Sightseeing Flex Pass

    2. Smoky Mountains: Sightseeing Flex Pass

    Experience the haunting vision of the Great Smoky Mountains, where colorful fog-rich forests surround majestic Appalachian peaks in Tennessee’s renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the thrilling, the dazzling, the absurd, the historic, and the adventurous with the Sightseeing Flex Pass, your all access pass to 30 attractions and tours throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the scenic Smokies. Take advantage of full admission to attractions and save up to 30% of total visitation costs. Let the Smoky Mountain Sightseeing Flex Pass take you into the great outdoors and see the natural splendor up close and personal: select between a 3 Attractions or a 5 Attractions Pass and choose what you want to enjoy when you arrive. Coast down whitewater in the Smoky Mountain Rafting or River Rat Tubing adventures. Turn a hike into the extreme with sights from the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster R...

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Trip

    3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Trip

    Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and discover why it’s the most visited National Park in the country. Buckle up and prepare for a deep dive into the most famous stretch of the Appalachians. Enjoy a flexible route that allows you to take all the time you need to admire the timeless wonders of the mountains. Drive through the scenic mountains and hear all about parts of Cherokee history, like the ancient Cherokee monarchy and the revolutionaries who fought against it. Get detailed accounts of Cherokee ancestral legends, from the great buzzard who shaped the Smoky Mountains from clay to the witch whose droplets of blood bloom into stalks of corn. Experience animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Be pointed towards some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the park. Gaze at the majestic Ra...

    Loved the stories and history lessons during this audio tour and we got a much greater understanding about the Great Smokey Mountains. I wished that it covered more than the main highway and the Roaring Falls road. Something about Cades Cove would be nice. Overall, I thought it was well worth the $10.00 charge.

  • 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.

  • Pigeon Forge: Wears Valley Helicopter Tour

    5. 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.

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What people are saying about Smoky Mountains

I’m a little bit on the fence about having to drive all the way up to the visiting center just to come back the same way for the tour. By the time we got to Gatlinburg the place was a zoo. I will say that the commentator was a pleasure to listen to and overall well versed. It did take a little while to adjust our speed and keep in rhythm with him so tell everybody in the car to be patient. Overall it was enjoyable.

Loved the stories and history lessons during this audio tour and we got a much greater understanding about the Great Smokey Mountains. I wished that it covered more than the main highway and the Roaring Falls road. Something about Cades Cove would be nice. Overall, I thought it was well worth the $10.00 charge.