Smoky Mountains
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Our most recommended Smoky Mountains Theme Tours

Pigeon Forge: Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour

1. Pigeon Forge: Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour

Enjoy picturesque vistas over the Smoky Mountains on this 15-minute flight dubbed the “Ridge Runner.” After taking off from the local partner’s private heliport, begin your flight over the stunning, misty Chilhowee mountain range. Feel the speed of the helicopter as you fly low over the treetops and mountains, getting a true taste of the beauty that is the American South. Gaze at historic downtown Sevierville and Pigeon Forge in the distance. Along the way, your expert guide will point out facts about the region, like the original designation of where the national park was supposed to be, as well as countless details about the flora and fauna of the region. After covering a distance of 30 miles, you’ll head back to the heliport, enriched by the one-of-a-kind, bird’s eye viewpoint of the mystic Smoky Mountains.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour

2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and discover why it’s the most visited National Park in the country. Buckle up and prepare for a deep dive into the most famous stretch of the Appalachians. Enjoy a flexible route that allows you to take all the time you need to admire the timeless wonders of the mountains. Drive through the scenic mountains and hear all about parts of Cherokee history, like the ancient Cherokee monarchy and the revolutionaries who fought against it. Get detailed accounts of Cherokee ancestral legends, from the great buzzard who shaped the Smoky Mountains from clay to the witch whose droplets of blood bloom into stalks of corn. Experience animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Be pointed towards some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the park. Gaze at the majestic Rainbow Falls, the breath-taking 360-degree views atop Clingmans Dome, and hear about the deep-rooted history of the Elys Mill. Learn about the complex flora and fauna which call the mountains home. Get to know the creatures of Cades Cove and learn how wildfires form an integral part of the vast and interconnected ecosystem. As you drive, audio stories will automatically pop up and start playing, allowing you to keep your attention on the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

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What people are saying about Smoky Mountains

I’m a little bit on the fence about having to drive all the way up to the visiting center just to come back the same way for the tour. By the time we got to Gatlinburg the place was a zoo. I will say that the commentator was a pleasure to listen to and overall well versed. It did take a little while to adjust our speed and keep in rhythm with him so tell everybody in the car to be patient. Overall it was enjoyable.

Loved the stories and history lessons during this audio tour and we got a much greater understanding about the Great Smokey Mountains. I wished that it covered more than the main highway and the Roaring Falls road. Something about Cades Cove would be nice. Overall, I thought it was well worth the $10.00 charge.

We really enjoyed the narration, great history to the entire park. I wish they did this for other N.P. There were a couple times the narration cut off and started a new area, but you can go back on the app to complete that area.

My husband and son went. They said the pilot was fantastic & they definitely would go again.