Typically, moms beg for family photos while on trips as this is often a rare time when everyone is together. Plus, family photos during vacations often get used for the family Christmas card…especially at our house. Thankfully Pigeon Forge offers many great settings for you to capture the smiles of your family. It’s usually not too hard to find another family who will take your family photo in exchange for you taking theirs!
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has an abundance of scenic photo ops. The natural settings and colors lend themselves to beautiful pictures. There are the waterfalls and streams that you can hike up to, as well as the pioneer settings at Cades Cove. The flower garden at the Sugarland Visitors Center is beautiful in the spring, and even if you choose not to do any hiking, there are many roadside pullover spots that allow you to have the mountains as a beautiful backdrop.
Another fun place for our family has been the mill at the Old Mill Restaurant. Although you cannot get right up next to the running mill, it can be a perfect backdrop from a nearby bridge. The Little Pigeon River also runs through the Old Mill area, and you can sometimes see ducks passing through. There are also other stops along the course of the Little Pigeon River as it flows through Pigeon Forge that allow for great nature photos.
We happened to stay at Mainstay Suites on our last trip. It is off the Parkway a bit and had plenty of beautiful landscaping. Cabins in the area are great too as they can provide a scene that is not your typical everyday look.
Dollywood is one of the most beautiful places on Earth during the Christmas season. The lights and décor are top notch and loved by families from all over. Also, the décor for Kidsfest in the summer and for the National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration lends itself for many great smiles!
Some of our more fun family pics have been at many of the area attractions. The Titanic Museum Attraction does not allow cameras inside, but on the outside you can capture this great piece of history from many different views. You can take pictures from the front of the boat where you see the front end in the water and the iceberg or you can take pictures from the parking lot side, where it gives the feel of you preparing to board the boat for a voyage.
WonderWorks is fun also as you don’t see many upside down houses in the world. The Incredible Christmas Place has a cutout picture prop outside with a winter snow scene, along with Santa sitting on a bench which kids love to go snuggle up to. The beautiful Christmas trees and decorations in the store provide some more formal spots. We have not forgotten about the humorous photos we took outside the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show. It is another scene that is not your typical everyday picture.
Let the cameras click away! So many places and so many opportunities await your family’s smiles!