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Pigeon Forge is a Popular Family Vacation Destination

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a popular vacation destination for families. This town is surrounded by the Smokey Mountains and offers plenty of family friendly activities for all ages. The Parkway is lined with gift shops selling handmade crafts from the local artisans. In many cases, visitors can watch as these talented people create their wares. After a day of shopping, one can enjoy a bite to eat in one of the numerous dinner show theaters. Down home cooking is served while guests watch an entertaining performance from singers, comedians, and actors.

Throughout the year, Pigeon Forge hosts festivals that draw in large crowds. These include music, craft, and food events as well as car shows. They feature all the country traditions that have helped make this town a favorite of so many vacationers over the years. Visitors can experience their unique flavors and sounds while spending time with family and friends.

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The biggest attraction is The Smokey Mountains National Park. The mountain range provides scenic views as well as an up-close look at nature and wildlife native to the area. There are several walking, hiking, and equestrian trails available that will give visitors a way to explore the region best. Many visitors to this part of Tennessee end their day with a stay in one of the Pigeon Forge cabin rentals such as the ones from Little Valley Mountain Resort.

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Day Two, July 5: Broken Bow, Oklahoma (Part 2)

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As we were approaching the city of Broken Bow in Oklahoma, my husband and I talked about having an early dinner because we were very hungry.  And we thought of the same thing, buffet. 🙂  We saw McDonald and Pizza Hut from a far but, surprisingly, there was a Chinese Buffet Restaurant.  So we stopped there and eat dinner before checking in the hotel.

It was just a few minutes past the check-in time and hurriedly I gave my husband the confirmation number of our room reservation then he went to the hotel’s front desk.  I was surprised when he got out of the door so quickly.  I asked why.  He said the staff told him “Maybe next time.”  WRONG HOTEL!  What a blooper.  Hahaha!  We were trying to check in at Best Western Hotel but our room accommodation is at Microtel Inn, which is just right next to it but a few yards farther.  Microtel Inn’s sign is huge and the first thing you will see by eye level.

It was a very hot day.  Our stay was only for a day so we relaxed a little while and prepared for the afternoon drive to the lake.  So Broken Bow Lake has a resort called Beavers Bend State Resort Park.  It’s a huge state park.  Great for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, bird watching, nature trekking, swimming, and boating.

The big green sign – Beavers Bend State Resort Park Stevens Gap Area

Driving in Beavers Bend Resort State Park looking for a the beach area.

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Beautiful Broken Bow Lake Dam

Day One: 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July, USA!

Again, our family is celebrating the occasion with home-made hamburgers, company, and fireworks.  It’s my fifth year celebrating the big event here in America!  Oh how time flies.

And my husband is on a day off today.  Yay!  We’ll have our 5-day weekend for the 4th of July.  And today is the Day 1.  I booked a hotel room accommodation in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  We are going to visit the Beavers Bend State Park Resort where my husband and his brother went camping ten years ago.  It is one of the big national parks in Oklahoma around the Broken Bow Lake.  It is not gonna be a long tour but we will try to enjoy the place as much as possible.  We have to wake up early tomorrow to pack for the trip.

Well, Day One of our weekend is almost over.  We’ll shoot fireworks as soon as it gets dark tonight.  Days are longer in the summer here in the USA.  So probably at about 8:45 P.M. we can start shooting fireworks.

How about you?  What’s your plan this weekend?  If you’re going out-of-town, I hope you have a safe and wonderful travel.  Enjoy the weekend with family and good company.