Spelunkers can have a field day in Tennessee, a state that is home to more than 8,350 caves, the most of any of the states. Heading the list of must-see caves in the Volunteer State is the Forbidden Caverns at Servierville, which is just a short drive from Knoxville or Gatlinburg.
See stalagmites and stalactites as well as formations that resemble corn cobs and eggs fried sunny-side up and formations that are still growing. Colored lights enhance these formations, making some appear eerily beautiful while appropriate music plays in the background. A guided tour on trails that include handrails takes about an hour in temperatures that are at a constant 58 degrees year-round.
The first visitors to the caverns were believed to be local Indians who sheltered there while searching for good hunting grounds in the Great Smoky Mountains. Later visitors included moonshiners who set up stills in the caverns because the water was so plentiful and the location isolated for the time.
Today, tourists can stay in a Gatlinburg cabin while visiting this attraction, which opened to public viewing in 1967. The caverns are open daily, except for Sundays, from April through November. If you are in the Gatlinburg area on a hot July day, picture yourself keeping cool in the Forbidden Canverns, supposedly named after an Indian princess lost her way in an area that was forbidden to her.
Located deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, Dollywood has entertained America for over twenty years. Known for its wholesome blend of family entertainment and thrilling rides, this amusement park hosts musical and theatrical acts throughout the year. Dollywood has numerous festivals throughout the year, starting with the Festival of Nations.
Running from March 24 to April 30, this exciting festival brings international entertainment to the Smoky Mountains like Dollywoods Festival of Nations. This year will feature Spirit of the Dance, an Irish dance troupe, along with Celtic, Russian, Bavarian, Ecuadorian, Argentinian, German, and African music.
Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, only a few minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Families can rent a Gatlinburg cabin and enjoy Tennessee’s natural beauty while taking advantage of Dollywood’s international arts and entertainment. Dollywood works with Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabin rental companies to offer package deals that offer deep discounts from families on a budget, including savings for members of the armed forces and returning guests.
A visit to Dollywood during the Festival of Nations offers an unforgettable experience of music, dance, food, and art from around the world combines with Tennessee’s hospitality and natural splendor. Make your reservations today.