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The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, Pigeon Forge

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Take a ride on 61 m (200 ft) The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at the base of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If Ferris wheels scare you, don't worry. This ride is smooth, and you are completely enclosed in glass while relaxing in one of the 42 gondolas, which can hold up to eight people. You'll take in scenic views of Pigeon Forge and the mountains surrounding it from the top of this ride. You can combine your ride with a trip to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies for a discount on both attractions. If you decide to take a ride at after dark, marvel at the million LED lights that illuminate the wheel at night. Use our Pigeon Forge itinerary planner to visit The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel on your trip to Pigeon Forge, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This was my second trip. Slightly overpriced but the view is great. The a/c gondolas feel nice. The lights outside the wheel are gorgeous. Wheel makes about 5 passes.  more »
  • Took my eight-year-old daughter on this and what a fantastic way to see the city. You have AMAZING unobstructed view of the city, either day or night a great way to see Pigeon Forge.  more »
  • We took a one-year old! She was mesmerized. What a great way to see the area! Located in the Island, it was less than $13 with coupons and lots of fun.  more »
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  • Quick on and off and beautiful views. I went at night and very much enjoyed the lights.
  • What an awesome view of the Great Smoky Mountains! It is well worth the price and it is fun for the whole family. This was the summer of 2016. Each cabin is air conditioned so escape the heat and enjoy the ride!
  • Loved the view. We went during a Tuesday morning so the wait was short. It's not cheap but worth experiencing.
  • Nice place to visit but not so great customer service. A cashier didint want to sell a ticket to my daugther because she told us twice was over 200 pounds. She was really rude to her because she's only 97 pound and didint had a scale to test on the ticket center.
  • This was AWFUL. I am a young tween, I was on a ride with my older brother, twin sis, and me. I got off last and they closed he door on me and I waved at them and a lady holds her finger up at me and tells me to wait. I was scared then I ended up going around twice and I was super scared. Long story short, the ride AND staff were very very rude and should be fired. My family was upset, also. Really? You leave a young child on there by THEMSELVES? Awful. Never again.

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Where to stay in Pigeon Forge

Despite its relatively small size, Pigeon Forge offers diverse lodging options, including family-owned hotels, luxury resorts, and quaint bed and breakfasts. To take advantage of the most this pristine natural area has to offer, consider pitching a tent or driving your RV into one of many campgrounds just outside of town. In addition to traditional sites for tent and trailer camping, many rustic campgrounds in the area offer mountain cabins for rent, which include modern conveniences like TVs, microwaves, and refrigerators.
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