U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Tennessee
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-28-2010, 06:47 PM
Status: "You've grown up really crazy! - Eisley" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
21,686 posts, read 32,016,902 times
Reputation: 11808

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by strumpeace View Post
No, I haven't been in several years. Much improved? (There was nothing wrong with it when I went; it was just a little dull and limited to freshwater fish primarily.)
I kind of thought so. Go back. You will be impressed.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-10-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Parkridge, East Knoxville, TN
453 posts, read 565,251 times
Reputation: 325
I think Sevierville/Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge is overhyped. It is a tourist trap. If you want to go to the Smokys National Park spend a day in Knoxville and enjoy culture rather than cheesy junk for tourists
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-11-2010, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
12,717 posts, read 12,009,959 times
Reputation: 14241
It's a real shame how they have Neon and Blinged Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg for the tourist.. Especially being a entrance too a National Park... I wonder what a proud Cherokee Indian thinks..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-12-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Parkridge, East Knoxville, TN
453 posts, read 565,251 times
Reputation: 325
i mean it seems like the ripleys aquarium and dollyland are bigger draws than the scenic mountains these days. everything in this country is commercialized including life and death
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-12-2010, 09:29 PM
 
4,925 posts, read 6,286,095 times
Reputation: 3129
Quote:
Originally Posted by calvinbama View Post
I think Sevierville/Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge is overhyped. It is a tourist trap. If you want to go to the Smokys National Park spend a day in Knoxville and enjoy culture rather than cheesy junk for tourists
Or, try to actually spend the time in the park rather than in the city. Don't like the tourist traps? I don't either.

But, there's a lot of little towns surrounding the park in both TN and NC that aren't too touristy, are small, and much more convenient to the park than Knoxville.

It's tough to get the "Smoky experience" when you're somewhere else...like Knoxville.

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and been blinged out and tacky longer than most of us have been alive...it was just smaller, and believe it or not...tackier. But...I gotta admit, Hillbilly Golf on a warm summer night is good family fun...

Where else you gonna go for some Hillbilly golf? Besides my in-laws, I mean.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-13-2010, 02:12 PM
Status: "You've grown up really crazy! - Eisley" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
21,686 posts, read 32,016,902 times
Reputation: 11808
Quote:
Originally Posted by skinem View Post
Or, try to actually spend the time in the park rather than in the city. Don't like the tourist traps? I don't either.

But, there's a lot of little towns surrounding the park in both TN and NC that aren't too touristy, are small, and much more convenient to the park than Knoxville.

It's tough to get the "Smoky experience" when you're somewhere else...like Knoxville.

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and been blinged out and tacky longer than most of us have been alive...it was just smaller, and believe it or not...tackier. But...I gotta admit, Hillbilly Golf on a warm summer night is good family fun...

Where else you gonna go for some Hillbilly golf? Besides my in-laws, I mean.
Do you and I have the same in-laws?

Yeah, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are what they are. Go through Townsend and Walland to Cades Cove in the Smokies and it is a completely different experience.

And Dollywood is a very sweet, clean park to take the family to without all of the Six Flags kitsch and the Disney evil-rat-behind-the-curtain, money-grab. This time of year there are beautiful Christmas displays and musical performances. It's not Martha's Vineyard, which I love to, but it is a different kind of experience. I'm not interested in most of the goods in the Gatlinburg shops but Dollywood has some delights to buy.

And there are an awful lot of people in The Great Smoky National Park, too. It's the most visited in the country.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Tennessee

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top