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Pigeon Forge Main Road -Smoky Mt. in background

Creek on the way to Gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg

Another Downtown Gatlinburg

Aquarium

Tropical Fish

Jelly Fish

Shark in Big Tank

Tunnel on way back from Gatlinburg

Inside Tunnel


Monday, May 22, we drove to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the campground, Creek Side RV Park. It was about an hour drive. The three close towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are the Branson of the South. The highway 441 is like highway 76 of Branson. There is non-stop tourist businesses, restaurants, motels, souvenir shops, go-kart tracks, theaters but no big stars like Branson. Of course there is Dolly Parton's Dollywood and Splash Country. All of this below the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Gatlinburg is separated from the other two towns by about 5 miles of very dense forest area with a large creek running beside the highway. When you drive into Gatlinburg it reminds you of a mountain town with any flat land filled with buildings and roads, backed up to the surrounding hills. All the buildings are tourist businesses and all the roads are filled with tourist. So, Tuesday, Carol and I drove into Gatlinburg, searched for a parking space and went to the Aquarium. It was excellent. Great displays and a glass tunnel under the giant fish tank full of sharks and many other fish. There was also an area to pet the Sting Rays and Horseshoe Crabs.



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