Visit Sevierville, Dolly Parton’s hometown

Who says value can’t be fun?

06/08/2010  | 

NASCAR SpeedPark

Located in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville is a value destination within a day’s drive of over half the nation’s population. Dolly Parton’s hometown, Sevierville is surrounded by natural wonders like the Great Smoky Mountains, jaw-dropping shows, family-friendly attractions, unique museums and world-class outlet shopping. There is so much to do, it’s no wonder folks say Sevierville is “Where Smoky Mountain Fun Begins!”

Soul of Shaolin, Sevierville’s newest show, is a moving love story and Kung Fu extravaganza straight from Broadway where it earned a 2009 Tony nomination. Its sister show, Cirque de Chine, features China’s top acrobatic troupe performing amazing feats of skill, strength and contortion in a two-hour show that is appropriate for all ages. Get tickets to either show for under $30 each.

After the show, race to NASCAR SpeedPark where eight tracks, an arcade and carnival style rides offer something for everyone. Purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $32.99 for those with a need for speed. Or check out a ballgame at Tennessee Smokies Stadium where the team is an AA Minor League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Tickets are under $10 for everyone.


Wilderness at the Smokies Water Park Resort

Looking for something a little wilder? Check out Rainforest Adventures for under $12 per ticket. Lemurs, exotic birds, reptiles, kangaroos and more populate this educational attraction where zoo keepers are actively involved in breeding and rescue programs and are committed to sharing the facts about these unique creatures. For even more fun, take to the sky with a trip to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation (tickets under $13) where you can see airworthy warbird aircraft, memorabilia and historical aviation artifacts, like the Jimmy Doolittle Medal of Honor, presented in a patriotic atmosphere.

If you really want a bird’s eye view, elevate your trip to the Smokies with a flight above it all at Scenic Helicopter Tours. Helicopter rides start as low as $10 per person for a quick trip and go up to $250 for a grand tour of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Sevierville is a shopper’s delight. You don’t have to hunt hard to find great savings at Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center, the largest authentic outlet mall in Tennessee. With over 100 name-brand outlet stores from Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren to Old Navy, you’ll capture plenty of great deals. Then shop the Governor’s Crossing complex with over 30 stores, restaurants, attractions and lodging facilities.


Soul of Shaolin, Sevierville’s newest show.

Get back to nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located only 12 miles from Sevierville, the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park serves as a portal into the past. Once in the 800 square mile stretch of deciduous forest, visitors will see cabins built and inhabited by some of the first settlers in the region. This unique national park is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth and was named an International Biosphere Reserve because it is home to over 10,000 discovered species (90,000 more are believed yet to be discovered) including: 100 species of native trees (more than any other North American national park), 1,400 flowering plant species, 4,000+ non-flowering plants, 200+ species of birds, 66 types of mammals, 50 native fish species, 39 varieties of reptiles and 43 species of amphibians. There are also hiking trails, fishing and swimming holes, picnic areas and opportunities to ride horseback. This is America’s most visited national park and the only one that is free to enter and enjoy.

More and more people are discovering that Sevierville is the place to stay in the Smoky Mountains every time you visit. With a convenient location, the newest hotels and attractions, great lodging rates and a newly implemented public transit system, staying in Sevierville is more convenient than ever. From amazing water park resorts like Wilderness at the Smokies to luxury log cabin resorts, elegant hotels and affordable motels, visitors will find a variety of lodging options at very reasonable rates.

To stretch your vacation dollars even further, go online to and download the free Sevierville Coupon Book which has savings on hotels, restaurants, attractions and more. With so much to do and so many memories to make, enjoy a value vacation in Sevierville.

For more information about visiting Sevierville, please contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, 888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378) or visit
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