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There is definitely something for everyone in Sevierville.
For shopping there is a large sporting goods store and the giant flea market at the I-40 intersection. It is open weekends only. The knife factory store is good, even if you are not interested in purchasing a knife. It has great displays, a 2 story waterfall, a museum and a country bear jamboree all inside. The outlet malls are typical of all outlet malls and are worth your time if you are a shopper.
Don't miss the National Park. Cades Cove is worth the trip. If you do any hiking, climb Clingman's Dome, a somewhat strenuous climb, but worth it just to say you did it! You drive to a point that is 6,000 ft. high, then hike about another 600' up on a paved trail.
Dollywood is a must on any vacation to this area. Clean park and not so large as to be overwhelming.
The scenic helicopter tours are a wonderful experience, but the price can really add up. Watch for a special or coupons to help out with the cost.
The brand new Cirque de Chine is an excellent choice for the evening entertainment. The show starts from 2007 at the now Smoky Moutanin Palace Theater. This is a Vegas style show at about half of that price. You got to see to believe those stunts, and the stunts are performed in a very elegant and effortless manner. Super show for the families,couples and backpackers.
Gatlinburg, just a few miles away, is a great little town to strool the streets, shop and many attractions there also. The downtown stays open late and is busy even up until midnight or so and it's family, not the bar scene at all.
The biggest "downer" about this area is the traffic. The Parkway is jammed at all times. Parking, except for stores and attractions that offer their own, is scarce. There are by-passes, but are sometimes many miles around on narrow, steep roads. The locals and businesses don't want you by-passing anyway - they wants your vacation bucks. So plan your days accordingly and leave lots of time for sitting in traffic between stops. If you pass paid parking near where you are headed, pay the fee ($5.00 to $7.00) and walk the rest of the way.