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Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

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Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

We will be traveling with our dog near the end of March from Chicago to Pigeon Forge. Do any of you have any suggestions for places to see along the way?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

There are lots of things to do in Gary IN if you take 90. See the Gary Railcats stadium. There is also an abandoned Fallstaff Brewery on the east side of the City. Jays Potato Chip factory. If you're lucky you will see a truck unloading potatoes. Michael Jackson's childhood home and after that there is not much to see except ground hogs on the side of the road when you hit the Tennessee border.

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2. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

Shells08, what route are you taking to get to P.F.?

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3. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

Dear Maui #1,

I will be sure to stop at that abandoned brewery and also try our luck at watching the Jay's potato chip factory unload potatoes. I will post pictures when I come home for you to see! :)

Kat_Cubs_fan - We will probably go through Indianapolis, Louisville & Lexington.

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Since it looks like you're a baseball fan, you might enjoy the Louisville Slugger museum and factory. It is located in downtown Louisville and not too far from

I 65.

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5. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

Once you get to Indy you really have two options:

I-65S through Louisville or I-74E through/around Cinci and then south. I've never really stopped anywhere along the way, though I've done some research on the areas and might visit them in the future.

Indianapolis: Some museums in the downtown area might be of interest. There are a few war museums, a western/American Indian museum, and a general state museum.

I-65S from Indy:

Columbus, IN is known for their architecture. They have a very, very small air museum that I've only driven by. May consider driving around.

There are a few things to see in the Louisville/S. Indiana area. Falls of the Ohio State Park is in Indiana, just across from Louisville, offers great photos of the downtown Louisville skyline across the river. Louisville has a tourist website you can check out for other ideas.

I-74E:

Between downtown Indy and Shelbyville, IN is a casino just off I-74. Further east is Batesville, IN, and within miles a smaller city/town called Oldenburg. Both known for German heritage. Driving through both just a few months ago made me think I was in Europe given some of the older buildings.

In Cincinnati, there is a riverfront with a mall on the other side of an pedestrian walk bridge (formerly used for vehicles) on the KY side of the river.

South of Lexington is Berea, KY. They are known for their handmade crafts and artwork. However, Gatlinburg has a similar area so not sure if you want to check that out or not.

All along I-75 in KY is the Daniel Boone Nat'l. Forest. A popular area in the northern part of the forest is Red River George and Natural Bridge SP, in the southern end, Cumberland Falls SP. Again, mostly a wilderness type area, which you could find in Great Smoky Mountains area.

Since you have some time on your way down, you might consider taking I-65 through KY. If you did this, you could do a quick stop at Mammoth Cave, and they also have the Corvette Museum near Bowling Green, KY. I made this trip about six years ago. Initial stop was Mammoth Cave, did the short 1-2 hour tour and got on the road to Chattanooga. Stayed in Chattanooga for two nights and saw the sights there, then ended up in Gatlinburg for two or three nights. One could go south to Blowing Green, then take I-66E and catch I-75 south down to Pigeon Forge.

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6. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is great!

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7. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

You might check out parts of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Cumberland Falls and Renfro Valley.

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8. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

I've got some great ideas from all of the replies. Thank you so much for your time and efforts!! :)

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9. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

Thanks Ravekid, for all your recommendations. We are travelling from Canada to Gatlinburg and the suggestions you have given for Berea and the Daniel Boone National Forest are really interesting for us. this is the wonderful thing about Tripadvisor... one can learn so much from others!

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10. Re: Chicago to Pigeon Forge - any stops?

Hmm, re maui#1 - going to a minor league ballpark without watching a game, an abandoned brewery with no tours or tastings, and watching potatoes get unloaded. Don't forget the annual Watch Grass Growing Festival and the ever popular See Cars Rust Lollapalooza. Geez, some people are easily amused.