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A brand new way to ride through the Smokies just came to the area! If you’ve been to any major cities around the world, we know you’ve seen the big, red buses driving through town. Now, visitors to the Smoky Mountains will be able to experience a ride on one of them! Double Decker Bus Tours launched on Dec. 23 and provides a one-of-a-kind mobile attraction in the Smoky Mountains. We’ve got all the details on the Smoky Mountain Double Decker Bus Tours and why you should try them:
About the Double Decker Bus Tours
The Smoky Mountain Double Decker Bus Tours is an attraction that’s never been done before in the Smokies. You’re used to seeing the red double decker buses in popular cities around the world, but not in the Smoky Mountains! Now, you can tour the Smokies in a whole new way in an authentic, European bus. The bus has two levels of viewing, and the driver will be sitting on the right instead of left! The buses offer more than just a ride through town — you’ll have a tour guide who will tell you about all the best things to do, places to eat, attractions to see and more. As of now, there are 14 stops along the tour. You’ll make a continuous loop from Sevierville to Gatlinburg.
Double Decker Bus Tour Stops
The Double Decker Bus Tours start in Sevierville and make stops in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, so you’ll be able to sit back and relax and just enjoy the sights all around you! Here are the stops you can expect to make on the tour:
1. Tanger Outlets
2. Apple Barn
4. The Incredible Christmas Place
5. Lumberjack Square
The bus then heads to Gatlinburg, where it enters on the Parkway, turns right on River Road, and heads to the intersection of River Road and Leconte Street for the first stop in Gatlinburg.
6. Ober Gatlinburg
8. Gatlinburg Convention Center
9. Rowdy Bear Gatlinburg
After Rowdy Bear Gatlinburg, the bus will head back to Pigeon Forge.
11. Old Mill District
12. Crave Golf Club
13. Alcatraz East Crime Museum
14. Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park in Pigeon Forge
After Rowdy Bear, the bus continues back to its starting point to drop off passengers and pick up the next round.
New Additions to Smoky Mountain Double Decker Bus Tours
Visitors can expect new additions to the bus tours in 2020! Double Decker Bus Tours has plans to have up to 3 more buses running to allow more people to enjoy their ride through the Smokies. They also have plans to add more stops to the route. In spring of 2020, the company said you can expect specialty tours of the following places and more:
- Cades Cove
- Moonshine & Wine
- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
Next time you visit the Smoky Mountains, try one of the new Smoky Mountain Double Decker Bus Tours! For help planning your trip, learn more about other fun things to do in the area and get ready for an exciting vacation in the Smokies.