After Cherokee, we went through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the way home, (doing our best to avoid Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge because of traffic). I've got to admit, though, the traffic is for good reason, though, because when the chose the area for the actual national park for the southeastern mountain range, they chose well, because even though they don't have the big waterfalls, lakes, and rivers like in North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park area is still legitimately the most beautiful area within these mountains.
Dear Dolly Parton,
I love you, you're one of my favorite people in this world - but isn't there something you can do about the tacky monstrosity that has become Pigeon Forge? lolUnlike Dollywood, which seems for fairly tasteful, the rest of the town is just exploitative and insulting of Appalachian Culture.I mean, The Hatfields and the McCoys Family Feud Dinner Theater?Why would anyone want to watch two families in a blood feud kill each other while eating dinner?
Mark and I could stay home and watch that with our own families for free. LOL.
And Goats on the Roof? What does that even mean? Because I saw no goats on any roof, anywhere, including on top of your restaurant, but God only knows what's inside - and why would anyone want to eat there, if there was? lolAnd how many go-cart tracks does one small town need, anyway? lolBtw, I appreciate you changing the name of your "Dixie Stampede" Attraction to "Stampede" to be sensitive to people of color, but tbh, that's an attraction I wouldn't visit anyway, because I think you pandered/stooped on that one - plus I don't like to watch war and smell horse poop while I'm eating.But like I said, Dollywood seems fairly tasteful - however, I've never been, except the water park area, so I'll get back to you on that.Again, I love ya to death, it's just ... yeah.