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Old 10-02-2014, 09:41 PM   #21
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We love the GSMNP area. We just leave the tourist stuff for the tourist. There are ways to avoid the crazy traffic and waiting in line for dinner. It's a great part of Tennessee.
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:54 PM   #22
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Allow me to expand a bit on my earlier statement.

I've been going to PF and GB fairly actively for 22 years now. When I first started going it was hotels, attractions, nice stores and shops plus a few cheesy shops.

Now in PF it's hotels, but many are pretty rough looking, attractions but more glitz and glamor, a strip mall has replaced a lot of the better stores and there's a lot of cheesy shops. For GB, take the strip mall out of the equation.

For me, I'm speaking much out of disappointment. It's sensory overload, two quaint towns are now so overloaded with glitz and the throngs of people it attracts that it's hard to deal with. Last week GB was packed which it shouldn't have been at this time frame, least I don't think it should have been.

If it's your bag, that's awesome. It's just gotten to be too much and I dislike that because I really liked going there.

Still love the area, the park will always attract me but now the towns are unpalatable for the time being.

I'm also getting old and cranky, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:19 PM   #23
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Around this area of SW VA, we have always called Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg area the Myrtle Beach of the mountains (just no ocean). The attractions are very similar if you were lost, it's hard to tell the difference

We like both, but we like a little of everything from quiet to busy. Doesn't matter where we are we just like being away!!!

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Old 10-02-2014, 10:38 PM   #24
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Been going to that area since 1984 and have always enjoyed our trips, it has changed and it has grown and brought prosperity to the area, but, you can still go for a very short drive and never be aware that all that glitz is just back around the bend.
With tongue in cheek I would also like to say that I find it objectionable that people go to Las Vegas to gamble when there are lots of other things to do.
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You must go to a different pf and Gatlinburg...we've been going there for about 30 years in the fall...we leave for Pigeon Forge in about a week....I call it God's country...if you time it right you can dodge all the traffic...also the additions of the back roads help
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:14 PM   #26
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Stopped in the area on our way back from Alaska. What a difference from when we were there in the 90's. Went to a show and it took us 45 minutes to go the 2 miles back to the RV park. Will never go near that area again.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:16 PM   #27
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I see way more seniors then young adults
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:27 PM   #28
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If people cant enjoy pf and Gatlinburg..plus thow in the smokies...where in the heck do you go?..I just got back from Maui...but I'll still take the smokies....in the fall anyway
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:27 AM   #29
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Oaklevel, right on! harpman is correct that my wife and I saw many more seniors in both towns. Also, her and I both would take the Smokies or any other similar location to Myrtle Beach, Outer Banks etc. Someone else made the comment about Las Vegas. I've been there more times than I can count including running the 2009 Rock and Roll Marathon, the only time in the history of Vegas that the entire strip was shut down for us to run down at 6:15Am, my brother lives there, free room and board LOL! I have yet to spend $1 on gambling. There is sooo much to see and do without spending a cent. That's my point on PF and GB. If you are going to do it, do it right. Do you think so many people would visit LV if they didn't go so over the top in glitz and show? People would still go to gamble, but how many folks know that last year almost 52% of LV revenue was generated Non-Gambling but shows, restaurants and the other attractions the area offers.
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If you want the quiet little quaint shops of yesteryear, take a ride down to Cherokee! Aside from the giant casino, the town hasn't changed much in 40yrs! Of course 15 minutes and you've seen every shop in town. I avoid PF, and I have kids, young and old, which is exactly why I advoid it. It would cost me a fortune in go-carts and game machines. Last year was the first I had been back to GB in about 25yrs, and was a bit shocked. I found good and bad. It was built up a lot more, but a lot more restaurants. Some of the little shops on the side and back streets were quite interesting. We were there in June and came into town from the south (Cherokee) and parked immediately, and walked through town, missing all traffic. This past year while in Cherokee, we didn't go into GB or PF at all.
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