In the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Tennessee is a special place filled with breathtaking scenery, warm people and a unique cultural history. That’s why Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains have served as inspiration for some of Tennessee’s biggest hits – and the hometown of Tennessee’s biggest star, Dolly Parton.
Dolly was born and raised in Sevierville and got her start in the music industry right downtown, singing live on the Cas Walker radio show. With her songs, she has described the beauty and richness of Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains and inspired many people to visit her “Smoky Mountain Home.” These days, visitors to Sevierville usually make a stop at the bronze statue of a young Dolly perched atop a rock with guitar in hand for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity before visiting her Dollywood theme park.
Even with her international appeal, Dolly Parton is only part of what draws people to visit Sevierville. Shopping in Sevierville is a must, especially because it is home to Tennessee’s largest authentic outlet mall, Tanger Five Oaks. This 110 store complex features name-brand stores such as Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and more all stocked with designer merchandise at deep discount prices. Of course, Sevierville also features a variety of art galleries, boutiques and antique stores where shoppers may find gifts and souvenirs that perfectly capture the feeling and scenery of their American holiday.
Scenic beauty is synonymous with Sevierville. Views stretch for miles across the rolling foothills into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited national park. While the park’s historic buildings may convey how early Appalachian settlers lived, their spirit is best conveyed by Sevierville’s residents. Warm smiles and genuine care for everyone are hallmarks of the area’s southern hospitality. Experience this first hand by staying in Sevierville during a trip to the Smokies. Guests will find a variety of accommodations ranging from the all new Wilderness Resorts Hotel, complete with an indoor / outdoor water park exclusively for the use of hotel guests and two 18-hole golf courses that begin just outside the hotel doors, to cozy cabin resort communities and award-winning hotels.