For those of us living in the Smoky Mountains, there’s no place like home. As a year-round vacation area, there are attractions for each family member’s interests, from unique finds to mountain music. For those visitors who love reminiscing about the past, the Smokies are calling you to take a trip back to a time of shared milkshakes, soul music and a rockin’ jukebox. To take your own walk down memory lane, Visit My Smokies has a full day of the top retro things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
First on our tour of retro things to do in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most popular restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Mel’s Diner. This authentic American Diner is a charming tribute to the past, from the neon sign and vinyl seats to the hearty and filling meals.
Open from 7:00am to 1:00am, Mel’s is the perfect place for early risers or night owls. The walls are covered in classic decor, and there are always tunes playing from the jukebox. No one can resist their famous banana splits, and this nostalgic stop is sure to become a family favorite.
Soul of Motown at the Grand Majestic
Soul of Motown is just one of the shows performed at the Grand Majestic Theater, which is among the top rated Pigeon Forge attractions. For lovers of distinct harmonies and a grooving show, Soul of Motown is the tribute to the past the entire family can enjoy.
This is a great introduction to Motown for those who don’t remember the hits, and this concert performance covers all the best songs from the greatest acts of all time.
No trip back in time could be complete without the King. The museum in Pigeon Forge is complete with personal possessions, memorabilia and more. The museum even allows visitors a view of his cars, there is a live tribute performance each evening. Loyal Elvis fans will love seeing this priceless collection for themselves.
Glades Soda Fountain
For the perfect end to a day of nostalgia, Glades Soda Fountain serves ice cream soda, malts and shakes right at the counter. Made with real meal, whipped cream and and ice cream, their sweet treats are an authentic tribute to old soda fountains done right. Located in the Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, Glades Soda Fountain is a must-see for those who love delicious treats and unique finds.
For more information about unique places to visit in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, check out Visit My Smokies’ What to Do tab. There you’ll find information about all the best things to do while you’re in town, from events to shopping and dining. See you in the Smokies!