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Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

North Carolina
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Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

I absolutely LOVE both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg but I was wondering if there are places similar to them? Places that have a lot of things to do in a small area. Tons of activities and things to see and do all within close walking or driving distance. I've heard Branson, Mo. Anyone been there also?

Rockford, Illinois
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215 reviews
1. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

Wisconsin Dells is somewhat along the same lines......lots of touristy shops and activities like mini golf. Also a ton of waterparks (indoor and outdoor). There are also boat tours and Duck tours and a few nice state parks nearby, such as Devil's Lake State Park.

Tennessee
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for Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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343 reviews
2. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

You should go to Helen,GA it's nice and has a alpine theme in the town.

The Dell's has just about everything that Pigeon Forge has. Very Touristy.

Athens, Georgia
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36 reviews
3. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

Helen Ga. came to my mind too. It is smaller than Gburg but it is a walking city. I would guess the pkwy is about 1/2 the size of Gburg. Not near as many restaurants and shops and no shows or dinner theaters. It too is in the mountains and there are some beautiful hiking trails and parks to see in the area. Were only about 1.5 hours from there and we make a day trip of it and have camped there numerous times.

http://www.helenga.org/

Franklin, Ohio
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77 reviews
4. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

Branson is similar to Gatlinburg/PF, but in my opinion Gatlinburg/PF area is much better.

Alabama
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1,010 posts
60 reviews
5. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

You will be greatly disappointed in Helen!!!

St. Augustine...
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485 posts
132 reviews
6. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

Myrtle Beach. First time we drove through PF, I thought we'd taken a wrong turn. Of course MB has the beach in addition to the other attractions.

Melbourne, Florida
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for Melbourne, Florida
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7. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

Panama City, Florida has lots of rides, games and tourist things to do along the boardwalk plus great beaches. Can be very crowded during spring break season (March / April)

I also like Savannah, Ga and Charleston, SC but they don't have the rides, games, etc like PF and GBurg. More historical plus lots of little shops, bars and restaurants and not far from good beaches.

Athens, Alabama
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4,124 posts
438 reviews
8. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

I would have to say Wisconsin Dells most closely resembles the GB/PF area from all the places we have been.

Chickamauga, Georgia
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for Orlando, Walt Disney World
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9. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

When visiting on a trip a few years ago, Keystone, SD just outside Mt. Rushmore reminded me a lot of the area around PF/Gatlinburg.

Paris, Tennessee
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10. Re: Places similar to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg?

Branson is just about the same but maybe a little smaller...take that statement lightly though, it's not small by any means. I'm just (somewhat) lucky that Chicago is equal distance between the two! I'd love to hear about other places like both Branson and Gatlinburg, though too!