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Tennessee continues: DOLLYWOOD & Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Even if visiting theme parks isn’t your thing, there’s a southern charm about this one that is undeniably appealing. 

Our family spent an afternoon at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where even our three-year-old could ride real rollercoasters and enjoy the Bluegrass and Barbeque festival that lasts over three weeks, celebrating the commencement of summer.


The staff were friendly and helpful, and Dollywood was as immaculate as a Disney park. And even after Memorial Day weekend: short lines and fast access to rides both large and small.  tennessee-timeshare-resales

tennessee-timeshare-resalesPlus, the park is smaller in scale than some of the more daunting theme parks, so it was walkable, even for the three-year-old, who would gather steam and start dancing every time we passed a bandstand emanating folky music complete with fiddles and banjos.


Accommodations nearby are plentiful, too, with timeshares in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg nearby. The Great Smoky Mountains (and their national park namesake) are nearby too, offering a serene retreat from the tourism and theme park atmosphere of the cities.


Camping, with lawn games and tents is a great way to enjoy being in nature and away from the hubbub.


But the Wyndham Smoky Mountains timeshare resale is, too. Great for just driving through, or getting out and enjoying a dip in the rivers that run through the national park, Great Smoky Mountains is free to visitors and open year round.tennessee-timeshare-resales


We hopped on the Blue Ridge Parkway, too, on the north side of the national park, and enjoyed winding roads, being inside clouds…











…and a hike to a spectacular view of a waterfalltennessee-timeshare-resales—the way the first pioneers saw this country—before we said goodbye to Tennessee. And the verdict is in: we will be back.


Olympic Hosts—Did Someone Say Missouri?

That’s right; the 1904 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the III Olympiad, were hosted in St. Louis, Missouri. They lasted four and a half months from start to finish, and the competitions were much of a side-show to the World’s Fair. Lost in the chaos of more popular exhibitions, the 1904 Summer Games were somewhat of a flop. But maybe you get what you pay for; that is, St. Louis rather swept the rug (and the Olympic Games) out from under the feet of Chicago, IL, the official winner of the Olympic bid. Apparently, the organizers of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (that chaotic multi-exhibit fair) informed the Chicago planning committee that their own international sports events would eclipse the Olympic Games unless they were moved to St. Louis. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, gave in and handed them over to St. Louis.

St. Louis may seem like a strange choice more than a hundred years later, but it is one of the largest cities in the Midwest and one rooted in the industrial tradition. Travelers to the border town will find a thriving hipster counter-culture and a slow-food movement for all the foodies interested in home-grown, hormone free eatables. But while St. Louis is not exactly a relaxation destination, several other spots in Missouri are.


Branson, for example, is nicknamed the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. With numerous entertainment theaters, Branson draws tourists from all over the Midwest and invites them to partake in attractions such as the Hollywood Wax Museum, wineries, cave tours, and the Titanic Museum, a half-scale replica of the famous ship and iceberg. Branson timeshare resales abound, too, with varying levels of luxury and affordability. Marriott, Westgate, Wyndham and Worldmark all have timeshare properties in Branson, and if you’re interested, inquire with PTR about Branson Timeshare Resales Today.

Osage Beach and Lake Ozark are twin towns on a large lake in northwest Missouri, and feature getaway accommodations on the beach or with fabulous lake views. Hiking, fishing, barbequing or just sunbathing in the beautiful Ozarks can’t be beat for a more laid back vacation. The Four Seasons and Worldmark timeshare resales in Lake Ozark and Osage Beach are some of the better known properties available.


Yep, we said Missouri! Maybe you had something else in mind for your next vacation, but we strongly recommend taking a second look at the affordable and charming (and surprisingly cosmopolitan) options to be found here with Missouri timeshare resales.