My husband has been through the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg areas for work on a couple occasions and we would love to go back as a family. I am looking at the weekend of October 18th, staying one night (Saturday), and we will have my daughter who will be 4 and her cousin who is 4 1/2 with us. It'll be my daughters bday weekend. I was looking at the Hampton Inn Pigeon Forge. Basically I would like a central location in the area where we can walk around and enjoy some of the attractions and restaurants. Is the 'parkway' the main road in the area? Is there like a 'strip' where all the action is? Not sure we would do Dollywood, not this time anyway. We just want to come up and get a feel for the area, play some and have some good food. :) Thanks for any information!!