Labor Day Weekend Is the Perfect Excuse for an Excursion to Pigeon Forge
By Jon Hoffman © 2013, All Rights Reserved

Looking for one last vacation before autumn is upon us and it's time to head back to school? Pack up the kids and head for Pigeon Forge, TN, where a host of favorite family getaways is just waiting. Whether you love adventure, want to spend a quiet weekend in a mountain cabin, or crave the excitement of a world-famous amusement park, you'll find it in Eastern Tennessee.

Summer Never Ends at Dollywood

Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers, they'll no doubt be clamoring for a day at Dollywood. Perhaps the most famous amusement park in the South, Dollywood caters to all ages and interests with thrilling roller coasters, kid-friendly carousels, and plenty of musical entertainment. And don't forget Splash Country, where you'll spend the day enjoying gallons of wet-and-wild fun.

If history is more your style, Titanic Pigeon Forge offers a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the passengers and crew who perished on the ill-fated ship. From the moment you step inside, you'll be transported back in time to experience firsthand what it was like to glide down the grand staircase or enjoy an elegant evening in the formal dining room. You'll even have a chance to take the wheel of the great ship as she makes her way across the Atlantic. It's a fun history lesson everyone in the family will enjoy.

Leave the Cell Phone and Computers Behind

Pigeon Forge offers a fantastic opportunity to escape the turmoil and chaos of modern life and enjoy a truly peaceful and relaxing getaway. Down winding mountain roads and hidden among the towering trees, you'll find charming rental cabins your family will love. Close enough to Pigeon Forge to provide modern conveniences, yet secluded enough to make you forget the outside world exists, these cabins offer you a chance to experience the magnificence of the Great Smoky Mountains in a way few will ever see.

Start your day with coffee on the porch as you watch the deer and other wildlife scamper about in the stillness of early morning, and then it's just a few steps out the back door for a nature walk. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails crisscross the mountains, giving you ample opportunity to take in the beauty and wonder of this old-growth forest. In the evenings, a warm campfire is the perfect chance to share stories with the kids over roasted hot dogs and s'mores. Before you know it, even the kids will wonder why they ever thought they needed a constant Wi-Fi connection anyway.

If romance is more your style, leave the kids at home and schedule some intimate time for you and your love. Couple's massage, dinner delivery, and even a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Cades Cove will surely leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Before the kids head back to school this fall and you start planning for the upcoming holidays, take a few days to relax and regroup in Pigeon Forge. Its central location and array of entertainment for every age group make it the perfect family vacation spot. From thrilling amusement park rides to spectacular scenery to living history, Pigeon Forge, TN and the Great Smoky Mountains have everything you need to make your Labor Day getaway a memorable adventure for the entire family.

Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Smoky Mountain rental cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.