When Dollywood is closed for the season, the weather outside is cooler (and as you’ll see in this particular blog post, sometimes a little windier), and it MAY SEEM like there isn’t as much to do in the area; BUT let me tell you that is not the case. Guests staying at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa during the off-season will find plenty do around the resort itself, but the resort also partners with local attractions to offer resort guests exclusive rates just for them.
One of the special offers guests can choose from is with Pink Jeep Adventure Tours. Pink Jeep is a new attraction to the Smoky Mountains and provides guided tours of several Sevier County must-sees in, you guessed it, a literal Pink Jeep. Pink Jeep Adventure Tours started out west in 1960 and has guided tours in Sedona, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
A few of us gals on the Dollywood Public Relations team got the chance to take a Pink Jeep Tour… in the middle of January. Now, I know when thinking of things to do this winter, it seems like a tour in a jeep in the middle of January might be a little cold or wet, but I am here to tell you that even in the middle of winter, Pink Jeep Adventure Tours are an amazing excursion and addition to your next Smoky Mountain getaway.
Our particular tour (they offer several), was the Gatlinburg Scenic SkyBridge Tour. This tour departs from Pink Jeep’s super-convenient location off the parkway in Pigeon Forge. The Pink Jeep Adventure Tour website says this particular tour is two hours and travels a mild terrain. Our jeep held six riders plus the driver.
Now, remember I mentioned that we did this in January? Well, the Pink Jeeps are not only covered but also heated. I am cold-natured, so this was a HUGE plus for me. Your driver will give you the option to leave the cover up if you would like though.
The tour took us through what locals or those familiar with the area call “the spur.” This is the beautiful stretch of road that connects Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. During the tour on the spur, guests will get the opportunity to get an Instagram-worthy family photo next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sign.
For tourists who want to enjoy the Gatlinburg SkyBridge (I’ll get to exactly what that is in a moment), the only way to access it is by going up the Gatlinburg SkyLift. BUT, those on the Pink Jeep Tour get special access. Our driver took us off-roading and to a Gatlinburg SkyBridge entrance that only Pink Jeep guests can use.
THIS is the Gatlinburg SkyBridge.
The Gatlinburg SkyBridge is the longest suspended pedestrian bridge in North America. This is definitely a unique way to look out over the City of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.
Now, I have to be honest, heights are not my cup of tea and neither are bridges. I was a little nervous but decided to brave the bridge anyway. IT WAS WORTH IT. The bridge is incredibly secure and didn’t budge or sway in the crazy winds that Mother Nature provided that day (thank goodness for those hair ties).
There is even a spot on the bridge that is completely see-through, allowing guests to get a very real understanding and appreciation of how high up the bridge really is.
Once we crossed the bridge, we enjoyed the rocking chairs, the views and the gift shop at the Gatlinburg SkyLift.
After spending some time enjoying the views, we crossed back over the Gatlinburg SkyBridge and made it back to the jeeps.
After our Gatlinburg SkyBridge adventure, we hopped back into our (warm and covered) jeep and headed to our next adventure, an off-roading 4×4 excursion in Pigeon Forge. We were on a time constraint that day, but we did get a glimpse of what the off-roading adventure would be like. It was AWESOME. I definitely want to go back and enjoy the tour on my own time and see what the off-roading portion of the tour is all about.
Pink Jeep Adventure Tours are an incredible addition to the attraction offerings in the area no matter when you plan your Smoky Mountain vacation. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly, the sights are incredible and the memories will last a lifetime. There are plenty of Pink Jeep Adventure Tours to choose from no matter how adventurous (or tame) you want you excursion to be!
To learn more about the Pink Jeep Adventure Tour Packages, click here. You won’t be disappointed!