Smoky MoutainLocated in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Tennessee, is the hometown of singer/songwriter Dolly Parton and a great place for an affordable family vacation. Known for upscale outlets and family-friendly lodging, this community is the fastest growing destination in the Great Smoky Mountains area.

Together with its sister cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Sevierville sees nearly 13 million visitors per year.

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – America’s most visited national park and the only one that is free to enter. During 2009, the Great Smoky Mountains are celebrating their 75th Anniversary as a national park.  Named an International Biosphere Reserve, the park has more than 10,000 discovered species, including 100 species of native trees (more than any other North American national park), 400 flowering plants, more than 4,000 non-flowering plants, more than 200 species of birds, 66 types of mammals, 50 native fish species, 39 varieties of reptiles, and 43 species of amphibians. The entrance is located approximately 12 miles from Sevierville and the park covers approximately 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina.

2. Dolly Parton Statue – See a bronze statue of a young Dolly Parton, Sevierville’s hometown girl. Dolly proclaimed that the presentation of her statue (in 1987) was her proudest moment.

3. National Knife Museum at Smoky Mountain Knifeworks – Trace the history of the knife from 6,000 BC to the present through more than 12,000 knives displayed in chronological order. The National Knife Museum is open seven days a week.

Smoky Mountain4. Sevier County Heritage Museum – Explore Sevier County’s past from Eastern Woodland Indians to the first white settlers and beyond.

5. Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming – Features two days of art, bluegrass music, story telling, mountain crafts and displays, kids games, petting zoo and pony rides, kids art classes, antiques, and a farmers market.

6. Smoky Mountain Winterfest – Millions of twinkling lights dot the Great Smoky Mountains area.  Free food, local entertainment, kids’ games and fireworks kick off Winterfest.  The evening concludes with the “flipping of the switch” to activate the Winterfest lights.

7.  Annual Christmas Parade –  A traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of the Grand Marshal – Santa Claus! Parade begins at 11 a.m. and can best be viewed on Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue in historic downtown Sevierville.