Summertime in the Smokies

I think we have managed to visit Pigeon Forge at least once during each of the four seasons. Each time, I know I say “I think this is my favorite season here!” However, Pigeon Forge glows with a different beauty in spring, summer, fall, and winter. In the summer, the town is full of “life.” It is filled with lots of families creating vacation memories. One of the big hits for our family was Dollywood’s Kidsfest.

Dollywood's KidsFestKidsfest is the largest kid festival in the South and runs at the theme park from mid June to early August. The little divas enjoyed meeting and hugging Strawberry Shortcake, Madeline, and Corduroy as they were roaming around the park. One of the special shows was the Gazillion Bubbles Show. It was performed by Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang and was beyond amazing!

We chatted with many families as we waited in line for rides and enjoyed hearing about the highlights of their vacations. An air of “youthfulness” surrounded us as we played, laughed, and enjoyed our sunshiny day at Dollywood. The Parkway strip was buzzing with excitement too. Many of the attractions offer later hours for the season. This allowed our family to enjoy some much needed “sleeping in” time in the mornings and yet still be able to play at the Track until midnight!

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is also full of “life” everywhere you look. The trees are full and provided great shade for our morning hike. For a mid morning snack break we got to sit along one of the lovely streams. The summer flowers glowed with the reflection of the sun yet the mountain air was cool and refreshing. Families filled the roadside stops and lots of cameras were flashing. I’m sure many Christmas card photos were being taken—including ours!