There are many places where you can welcome the New Year, but to be in the Great Smoky Mountains has to be one of the most rewarding.
The sunrise over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from adjacent Pigeon Forge was reflected in the Little Pigeon River below.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are known for their holiday light displays, and even a restaurant parking area can become a place of wonder at sunrise.
Resorts, like Riverstone Resort and Spa in Pigeon Forge, can be found throughout the area. It might be winter, but all the rooms were taken, and restaurants had two hour waits for a table. Go figure….
Gatlinburg features quaint hotels with balconies suspended above rushing creeks.
This historic chapel survives in the midst of traffic and throngs of visitors.
The roads are lined with decorated trees and colorful displays of the season. These iridescent trees were across from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies at New Year’s.
Extravagant Christmas light displays can be found all over town.
The bypass between Pigeon Forge and the National Park climbs high above the village, giving lucky travelers a bird’s eye view of this mountain jewel.