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PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE

Pigeon Forge, Entertainment Capital of the Smokies

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Program #19553RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
We will ride be visiting the Great Smokey National Park at some high elevations as high as 5048 feet

Itinerary for Oct 27 — Nov 1, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled on a 25-acre farm 2 blocks off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. MainStay Suites was built to accommodate a particular kind of guest to the Smokies - one who looks for more in a hotel room. MainStay Suites combines Comfort, Convenience and Value. It's all weather fun at the MainStay Suites by Choice Hotels! Our pools and Lazy River pool are among the most inviting you'll find at any area accommodation. We're waiting to refresh you and your family. Beautiful indoor & outdoor pool area with lazy river.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 USA
phone: 865-428-8350
web: www.mainstaypigeonforge.com

Room amenities: Climate control, cable television, kitchenettes, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Handicapped Facilities Non-Smoking Rooms Indoor and Outdoor Pools Lazy River Ride Jacuzzis Poolside Area with BBQ Grill Exercise Facilities Rentable Creekside Pavilion Convenient Trolley Stop, Convenient to All Area Shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89 - $139
Call hotel directly at 865-428-8350. Ask for Mike Gwinn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 27 - Check in, program registration
Arrive To: CHECK-IN: Please arrive at the hotel between 3:00-5:00pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information.

Dinner: A delicious buffet dinner is served this evening at our hotel.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. Your local hosts Bill and Susan will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff.

Lodging: Main Stay Inn Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled on a 25-acre farm 2 blocks off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. MainStay Suites was built to accommodate a particular kind of guest to the Smokies - one who looks for more in a hotel room. MainStay Suites combines Comfort, Convenience and Value. It's all weather fun at the MainStay Suites by Choice Hotels! Our pools and Lazy River pool are among the most inviting you'll find at any area accommodation. We're waiting to refresh you and your family. Beautiful indoor & outdoor pool area with lazy river.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 USA
phone: 865-428-8350
web: www.mainstaypigeonforge.com

Room amenities: Climate control, cable television, kitchenettes, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Handicapped Facilities Non-Smoking Rooms Indoor and Outdoor Pools Lazy River Ride Jacuzzis Poolside Area with BBQ Grill Exercise Facilities Rentable Creekside Pavilion Convenient Trolley Stop, Convenient to All Area Shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89 - $139
Call hotel directly at 865-428-8350. Ask for Mike Gwinn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 28 - Lectures: History of Pigeon Forge, Evolution of M...
Lectures: History of Pigeon Forge, Evolution of Music in Pigeon Forge, Comedy Shows

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is served in the Breakfast Room at the hotel and offers a selection of cold and hot items including juice and coffee.

Morning: PRESENTATIONS: Meet with local historian and discuss the transformation of Pigeon Forge. Learn why this small mountain town has become the entertainment capital of the Smokey Mountains. Learn what has drawn these entertainers with their many varieties of showmanship. Evolution of Music in Pigeon Forge Mountain/Bluegrass/Country Music is as timeless as the majestic Appalachians themselves. When our great country was young, shipload after shipload of immigrants came to her shores from points far and wide, and many of them found themselves trying to eke out a meager living in the hills and hollows of Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina. Back then times were hard, days were long and entertainment options were very few. One of the most common forms of entertainment in those days was music, and since there were no recordings - or even radio for that matter - families spent much of what little free time they had making their own music. They sang a bevy of songs that they brought with them from their native countries, and over time a new form of music took root that was influenced heavily by a mixture of Irish, Scotch and African rhythms. This "Mountain Music" has endured for hundreds of years, giving birth to what we now know as Bluegrass and Country music along the way. Singers and musicians from the middle Appalachian region have contributed enormously to the rise and perpetuation of Mountain Music, Bluegrass and Country, including many within a short drive of the official Birthplace Of Country Music: the twin cities of Bristol, VA-TN. This program will include demonstrations and performances of each music.

Lunch: Today enjoy lunch served at the hotel which could include a deli buffet.

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Relax and enjoy your local area. Your group leader can help with finding local attractions and things to do during your time. PRESENTATION: This afternoon we board the our coach at 4:00 PM for the Country Tonite Theater. Here we meet with the director and cast of the longest running show in Pigeon Forge for a Q&A. Following we enjoy a guided back stage exploration of the theater.

Dinner: Enjoy a wonderful Italian dinner served at Corino's Italian Grill located a short distance from the theater.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: This evening we return to the Country Tonite Theater for a wonderful performance.

Lodging: Main Stay Inn Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled on a 25-acre farm 2 blocks off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. MainStay Suites was built to accommodate a particular kind of guest to the Smokies - one who looks for more in a hotel room. MainStay Suites combines Comfort, Convenience and Value. It's all weather fun at the MainStay Suites by Choice Hotels! Our pools and Lazy River pool are among the most inviting you'll find at any area accommodation. We're waiting to refresh you and your family. Beautiful indoor & outdoor pool area with lazy river.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 USA
phone: 865-428-8350
web: www.mainstaypigeonforge.com

Room amenities: Climate control, cable television, kitchenettes, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Handicapped Facilities Non-Smoking Rooms Indoor and Outdoor Pools Lazy River Ride Jacuzzis Poolside Area with BBQ Grill Exercise Facilities Rentable Creekside Pavilion Convenient Trolley Stop, Convenient to All Area Shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89 - $139
Call hotel directly at 865-428-8350. Ask for Mike Gwinn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 29 - Visit to Oak Ridge, the Y-12 Facility, Smith Brot...
Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is served in the Breakfast Room at the hotel and offers a selection of cold and hot items including juice and coffee.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Oak Ridge was established in the early 1940s as a base for the Manhattan Project—the massive U.S. government operation that developed the atomic bomb. Scientific development still plays a crucial role in the city's economy and culture in general. Oak Ridge's nicknames are the Atomic City, the Secret City, the Ridge and the City Behind the Fence. Oak Ridge Program will include visits to Jackson Square, the Emma Spray Gardens and the Graphite Reactor. In an effort to bring an end to the war, three cities were chosen to be part of the top-secret “Manhattan Project” which would produce the world’s first atomic weapons. Those cities were Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hanford, Washington; and Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which was built specifically for the war effort. In 1942, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers bought 59,000 acres of rural farm land. A city and three manufacturing plants of unprecedented scope were constructed to develop a technology that ended the war. The land on which the town and plants were built met military requirements for isolation, electric power from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Norris Dam, water, labor and accessibility to nearby highways and railroads.

Lunch: Lunch today is served at a wonderful restaurant - The Soup Kitchen where you can have a fabulous sandwich and choice of many different soups.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we visit the American Museum of Science and Energy which offers many fine exhibits based on the Manhattan Project.

Dinner: DINNER/PEFORMANCE: This evening we travel to the Smith Brothers Theater for a wonderful southern buffet followed by a lively musical show with the Smith Brothers.

Lodging: Main Stay Inn Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled on a 25-acre farm 2 blocks off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. MainStay Suites was built to accommodate a particular kind of guest to the Smokies - one who looks for more in a hotel room. MainStay Suites combines Comfort, Convenience and Value. It's all weather fun at the MainStay Suites by Choice Hotels! Our pools and Lazy River pool are among the most inviting you'll find at any area accommodation. We're waiting to refresh you and your family. Beautiful indoor & outdoor pool area with lazy river.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 USA
phone: 865-428-8350
web: www.mainstaypigeonforge.com

Room amenities: Climate control, cable television, kitchenettes, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Handicapped Facilities Non-Smoking Rooms Indoor and Outdoor Pools Lazy River Ride Jacuzzis Poolside Area with BBQ Grill Exercise Facilities Rentable Creekside Pavilion Convenient Trolley Stop, Convenient to All Area Shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89 - $139
Call hotel directly at 865-428-8350. Ask for Mike Gwinn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 30 - Oak Ridge & Museum of Science and Energy, Lumberj...
Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is served in the Breakfast Room at the hotel and offers a selection of cold and hot items including juice and coffee.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Behind the Scenes of Dollywood. Join us for a trip to Dollywood where we will meet with different staff members and learn the history of this entertainment park. We will take a look at many different aspects including the entertainment, park attractions and history of the park.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own today at one of Dollywood's many restaurants.

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Enjoy the park including rides and the many musical shows throughout the park.

Dinner: DINNER/PERFORMANCE/ LECTURE: This evening we travel to the Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show. This evening enjoy a competitive performance of a staged lumberjack match. Following the performance meet with the lumberjacks to discuss their roles in the show and their competitive sport.

Lodging: Main Stay Inn Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled on a 25-acre farm 2 blocks off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. MainStay Suites was built to accommodate a particular kind of guest to the Smokies - one who looks for more in a hotel room. MainStay Suites combines Comfort, Convenience and Value. It's all weather fun at the MainStay Suites by Choice Hotels! Our pools and Lazy River pool are among the most inviting you'll find at any area accommodation. We're waiting to refresh you and your family. Beautiful indoor & outdoor pool area with lazy river.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 USA
phone: 865-428-8350
web: www.mainstaypigeonforge.com

Room amenities: Climate control, cable television, kitchenettes, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Handicapped Facilities Non-Smoking Rooms Indoor and Outdoor Pools Lazy River Ride Jacuzzis Poolside Area with BBQ Grill Exercise Facilities Rentable Creekside Pavilion Convenient Trolley Stop, Convenient to All Area Shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89 - $139
Call hotel directly at 865-428-8350. Ask for Mike Gwinn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 31 - Lectures: Smith Brothers Musical Lecture, Comedy...
Lectures: Smith Brothers Musical Lecture, Comedy Barn Lecture, Titanic Museum, Comedy Barn Show

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is served in the Breakfast Room at the hotel and offers a selection of cold and hot items including juice and coffee.

Morning: PRESENTATIONS: Smith Family Singers Our lecture this morning will include the Smith Brothers who operate a long running Pigeon Forge Theater. You will learn about their careers, their theater and the music that they perform. PERFORMER COMEDY BARN Presentation: Discuss the world of comedy and entertainment with a performer from the Comedy Barn Show.

Lunch: Lunch is served at the hotel

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Titanic Museum which will take you through the life of a passenger aboard this fateful voyage. Meet with performers and crew as you travel through this fabulous museum.

Dinner: DINNER: Dinner this evening is served at the Applewood Family Restaurant with a wide selection of entree's.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: This evening enjoy a pre show and a fantastic comedy show at the Comedy Barn Theater.

Lodging: Main Stay Inn Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 01 - Morning Lecture with Area Historian
Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is served in the Breakfast Room at the hotel and offers a selection of cold and hot items including juice and coffee.

Morning: FINAL PRESENTATION: Morning lecture with area historian or city official that will feature the history of this area in the Smokey Mountains. Following lecture you will check out and depart for home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
4 Performances

Ratings

4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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