The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge TN , something to put on the bucket list
Pigeon Forge, TN
This past week’s unplanned, no agenda, road trip landed us in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. Famously known for “Dollywood” and tucked away in the beautiful Smokey Mountains.
My fascination with the Titanic and the impressive detail of the architecture of the museum made it my first choice of tourist sites for the day.
Upon purchasing our “boarding pass” we were identified as a passenger. Photography was not allowed in the museum until just before exiting. We were given headphones to listen to crew members tell the stories of the areas of the ship, artifacts, passengers, and crew. They were very easy to use and self- controlled to select what you listen to. Visitors are admitted in small groups which allowed space to feel the emotion of the tragedy.
The over 12 years of age ticket cost is $26. I will say it was every penny worth it. Different group and family tickets are also available.
Some of my favorite parts of the tour:
Reading letters that passengers mailed home in the first days on the ship
Looking at actual photos taken onboard
Looking at the architectural drawings of the ship
Seeing real artifacts that have been recovered
The recreation of the grand staircase only used by first class passengers
Putting my hand in the 28◦ water to really understand what the survivors felt
Reading the story and viewing the photographs of the musicians that played to the end
I would also rate it as family friendly, definitely more for older children and adults but they had some areas interactive for young children. I would plan at least two hours once you enter.
In an effort to escape the heat wave of Coastal Georgia, a trip to the mountains seemed to be a good idea. It didn’t exactly work out that way because the high temperatures extended inland, but we kept looking up, hoping to catch a breeze.
We started our day on a chairlift that took us up to an elevation of 1290 feet. As the chair slowly moved along the cable above the rooftops of the homes below, my legs began to tingle. I held onto the lowered bar and decided to just look straight ahead for the remainder of the trip. There was absolutely no way off at this point.
The resort offers a small colorful village and a walkway showing off the sensational view of the Smokey Mountains. There is a “blue mist” that hovers over the peaks and valleys that is formed from a vapor given off by the millions of trees and vegetation and the blue light of the sky.
Zip lining was a definite “no” for me
The Tree Canopy walk with 16 hanging bridges 40 feet above the forest was a “yes”
To sum it up, after tingling toes, walking on the edge, persons flying over my head, I do admit the bouncing of the bridges completely turned me around and I soon found myself not knowing which way I was going.
Anakeesta is a Cherokee word referring to high ground, literally meaning “the place of balsams”
As a mother of five I would rate this as “big kid” friendly , not much for the little tots. I would also suggest the enclosed gondola cabin for transport up and down the mountain,