Destination Spotlight 69 & 123: Pigeon Forge

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Listen to our Destination Spotlight on Pigeon Forge

Leon Downey, Executive Director
Pigeon Forge, TN

If you’re seeking a fun family vacation destination this Spring or Summer that can keep everyone busy with an array of activities and events, we encourage you to consider Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Located about 35 miles southeast of Knoxville in the Great Smoky Mountains, and about a 3.5 to 4 hour drive from Nashville, Charlotte and Atlanta — 2/3 of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi is within a day’s drive.  Home to Dollywood, the most-visited and most-ticketed venue in The Volunteer State, Pigeon Forge is a place filled with so many different attractions, foods, lodging options — and outdoor experiences to go enjoy.  And it continues to grow!

During our live national broadcast of America’s #1 Travel Radio Show on 6 April 2024, we decided to check-in with the man who knows Pigeon Forge as well as anyone — their Executive Director of Tourism, Leon Downey.  Now that the program has been broadcast via satellite to our national network of 575+ weekly stations airing RMWorldTravel with Robert & Mary Carey and Rudy Maxa across the USA, you can hear the interview again via the archived audio here, by clicking on the play arrow immediately following this text …



If you’re looking for a the type of trip that’s the opposite of Las Vegas, but fun and family-friendly that’s still filled with things to keep you busy day and night — Pigeon Forge is your place.  Located in the 16th State in our Nation, in addition to the scenic Great Smoky Mountain National Park (America’s Most Visited National Park) and all that it offers visitors — you’ll encounter an abundance of activities that include a Wine Trail, horseback riding, mini-golf, go-karts, whitewater rafting, many restaurant options, dinner shows/theater, comedy shows, numerous museums and attractions, outlets/shopping, golf, camping, caves/caverns, biking/hiking — and we haven’t even mentioned yet that it’s also home to the Dollywood theme park.

For the 69th “Destination Spotlight” in our popular series, during our 12 December 2020 live broadcast of RMWorldTravel with Robert & Mary Carey and Rudy Maxa, we were joined by their Executive Director of Tourism, Leon Downey, who helped us showcase this special destination that’s worthy of your travel dollars.  You can hear the full interview that ran across our national network of 440+ weekly affiliates, by clicking on the play arrow below …