The peak season for family travel to Pigeon Forge and Cherokee is summer, with lulls in late August and early September as school starts.
October to early November is also a popular time, as the fall color envelopes the Smokies. Even mid-December through January gets busy with the Pigeon Forge Winterfest. Spring represents an appealing shoulder season as temperatures warm up while kiddies are still in school.
For details on annual events, festivals, attractions and more in Cherokee, go to visitcherokeenc .com; for Pigeon Forge, visit mypigeonforge.com.