Welcome to East Tennessee


Largely a rural region of small towns, rolling hills and river valleys, the eastern third of the state is noteworthy for its friendly folks and pastoral charm. The lush southern Appalachian Mountains are great for hiking, camping and rafting. Pretty waterfalls are a regional specialty. Nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park lures millions every year, but the crowds are easily ditched in East Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest.

The region's two main urban areas, Knoxville and Chattanooga, are easygoing riverside cities with lively student populations, great restaurants, fun craft breweries and outdoor adventures galore. For a blast of all things tacky and wacky, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge await.


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$41 Kid Friendly

Great Smoky Mountains Waterfall Adventure

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: A Walk in the Woods, Gatlinburg, TennesseeGet away from the crowds on this lovely excursion through an old homestead site. Experience the peace of a babbling brook as you visit a series of small, pristine waterfalls. Learn about the Settlers who used to call these mountains home.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TennesseeGet away from the crowds on this lovely excursion through an old homestead site. Experience the peace of a babbling brook as you visit a series of small, pristine waterfalls. Learn about the Settlers who used to call these mountains home.Duration: 3 hours

$32 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton

Visit: Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee'Remembering Red – A Tribute to Red Skelton' is a heartfelt trip down memory lane. Reminisce with Brian Hoffman as he performs the jokes and routines that made Red Skelton famous. Brian’s expert portrayal of Red Skelton will have you in stitches as he re-creates some of Red’s most well known characters. Laugh with Clem Kadiddlehopper, the dim-witted country bumpkin. Giggle along with Gertrude and Heathcliffe, the two seagulls. Feel the love of Freddy the Freeloader, the hobo who lived in the city dump. A little “Guzzlers Gin,” a couple of pantomimes and the Pledge of Allegiance make this a true tribute to Red Skelton, one of America’s favorite clowns.As an added bonus, come early and take the time to see the Red Skelton artwork and memorabilia. Also enjoy a half hour pre-show video with music, images of celebrities of the silver screen, automobiles, games and toys from the 50's, 60's, and 70's all to help set the mood for this 80 + minute Tribute to Red Skelton.This comedy show is a blast from the past and fun for all ages.

$40.36 Water Sports

Upper Pigeon River Whitewater Rafting Trip with Guide

Enjoy an exciting 6.5 mile raft trip down Class 3 and Class 4 rapids through the heart of the Smoky Mountains. The certified guides will navigate your raft the entire trip, while sharing their love of splashing through the big waves, maneuvering around rocks, and enjoying the beauty of being in the great outdoors. Big waves, big drops and plenty of surfing will assure that you have the time of your life. On your trip, you'll get to run about 70 rapids ranging from Class 1 to Class 4. Trips go rain or shine! But, never fear, the Big Pigeon River is for the inexperienced and experienced paddlers.

$120 Day Trips & Excursions

Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour with Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TennesseeMountainsDuration: 2 hours

$12.99 Outdoor Activities

RainForest Adventures Zoo Admission

Visit: Rainforest Adventures, Sevierville, TennesseeHome to hundreds of amazing and unique live animals from around the world, you will be amazed as you turn every corner with well over 100 species of animals. With mostly tropical creatures, crocodiles to giant pythons and a host of other fascinating animals. You might even spot the Australian bearded dragons and frilled lizards.RainForest has the distinct honor of housing two different species of lemurs from Madagascar as well as other species of monkeys from rain forests throughout the world. Spot beautiful and endangered species. Witness species of mammals that most people have never heard of, including the genet and coatimundi.  Unique creatures from all of the major tropical and temperate forests of the world are featured at the RainForest.

$29.50 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge Admission Ticket

Visit: Titanic Museum Attraction, Pigeon Forge, TennesseeAfter making your own way to the Titanic Museum, simply exchange your voucher at the box office for your admission ticket. The ticket comes in the form of a boarding pass, which you use to begin your self-guided tour. With your boarding pass, you'll receive a brief biography of one of the Titanic's passengers or crew members, with details about their lives and time aboard the Titanic. At the end of your tour, you'll enter the Memorial Room and discover the fate of your assigned person. The museum is a half-scale model of the Titanic. Upon entering, you'll gain insights into the size and scale of the original ship. Walk through multiple exhibit rooms in cabins, hallways and parlors to learn about the ship and its passengers. Admire the grand staircase, valued at one million dollars, which has been meticulously recreated aboard this model ship. Third-class cabins, first-class suites and other areas have been built to original scale. Also included in the exhibits: a room where you can touch an authentic iceberg and experience the chill of the icy waters where the Titanic sank. Walk along decks that slope at the same angle as the decks when the ship went down. Spend as much time as desired at the museum, gaining insight into one of the most famous shipwrecks of recent history.Between July and Labor Day, The Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum will carry the costumes from the 1997 American epic romance movie Titanic!

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