Pigeon Forge, Entertainment Capital of the Smokies
Discover a unique blend of history and entertainment as you explore Dollywood with a historian, take in a show at the Grand Majestic and visit Oak Ridge, home of the Manhattan Project.
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Program No. 19553RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Once a quiet mill town, Pigeon Forge has blossomed into the “entertainment capital” of the Great Smoky Mountains. Learn about the unique culture and history of Appalachia as you delight in mountain music, stories, nearby protected lands and other signature elements. Trace the origin of the burgeoning theater, music,and comedy scenes with a local historian. Visit Oak Ridge to study its role as base for the Manhattan Project and the continuing importance of scientific development in the economy.
Activity Level
Walking less than one mile on varied terrain. Elevations of 5,050 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go behind the scenes of Dollywood and learn the history of this unique theme park.
  • Learn about Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show and other top billings, including the Grand Majestic Theater.
  • Visit Oak Ridge, the Secret City, home of the Manhattan Project.
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Danny Devancey
Local favorite funnyman Danny Devaney joined the Comedy Barn in January 2012, but he has been creating belly laughs for a living since age 12. A graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, Danny brings happy insanity and enthusiasm to his juggling, magic and audience-participation comedy. For those of you who have never experienced Danny, do not have a mouth full of popcorn or soda when he is on stage!
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Danny Devancey

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