TOP 14+ SELFIE SPOTS IN SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE
From natural wonders to manufactured marvels, Sevierville, Tennessee has dozens of backdrops perfect for snapping a selfie to share with your friends, family and followers. Strike a pose, click, and make everyone jealous with an image that proves beyond doubt that you were here in the Smoky Mountains.
1. Dolly Parton Statue
Head to the Sevier County Courthouse lawn to pose alongside the bronze statue of Dolly Parton—the most honored female country performer of all time! This tribute to the superstar by her hometown community is the perfect place to take a picture since it’s the only place on earth you’re guaranteed to get close to the living legend.
The Sevier County Courthouse itself is also a compelling image. Construction of the building was completed in 1896, the same year that the state of Tennessee celebrated its centennial. In 1976 it became the first courthouse in the state to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2. Sevierville Visitor Center
No need to risk traffic on US 411 to get an enviable selfie with the “Dolly Parton Parkway” sign: Just head to the Sevierville Visitor Center where an exact replica of the official green sign is safely installed off the road, near the front entrance.
3. Newfound Gap
Newfound Gap Road is a drivable 31-mile pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (on US 441) that boasts several spectacular lookout points (all clearly designated). While each lookout offers a selfie-worthy view, the Newfound Gap parking lot is arguably the best among them—it’s also the highest, at an elevation of 5,046 feet. Pose against the grand vista on the sidewalk near the parking lot or atop the Rockefeller Memorial.
While here, you can also capture an image of yourself standing on the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee and even setting foot on the famed Appalachian Trail that meanders from Georgia to Maine.
4. Bruce Street Magnolia
Nothing says “Southern” quite like a grand magnolia tree. Pose beside the impressive specimen that grows next to the Sevier County Heritage Museum on Bruce Street in Historic Downtown Sevierville. This magnolia tree is so huge your selfie stick would need to reach across the street in order to squeeze the whole thing into the frame!
Don’t overlook the Museum, which was founded in 1995 and is housed in a Colonial Revival-style building that previously served as the Sevierville Post Office. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was completed in 1940 by an African-American construction company.
5. Harrisburg Covered Bridge
One of the area’s most striking landmarks, the Harrisburg Covered Bridge is one of only four historic covered bridges in Tennessee. The covered timber truss bridge crosses the Little Pigeon River and is still functional: Cars routinely drive across it; please take that into consideration while posing for a selfie. Located off Old State Highway 35 near US 411, the 83-foot-long bridge was built in 1875 and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.
6. Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Smoky Mountain Knife Works, the “world’s largest knife showplace,” stocks a massive collection of just about every kind of knife and sharp edge you can imagine as well as some you never knew existed, from antique knives to kitchen essentials, hunting blades to fantasy gear. Snap a selfie near the multi-story Excalibur sword embedded in a rock near the main entrance. You could also take one while seated upon a replica of the “Game of Thrones” iron throne on the lower level.
7. BUSH’S Beans Visitor Center
In Chestnut Hill, just 14 miles from Sevierville, sits the original A.J. Bush & Company general store. Founded in 1897, it now serves as the Visitor Center for the family-owned company that produces Bush’s Best Beans and related products. The Center offers a theater, a gift shop, and a museum where you can pose inside a giant replica can of BUSH’S Baked Beans. You can also pose near the laser-protected book that is said to contain the family’s secret recipe.
8. Titanic Pigeon Forge
Snap a selfie outside the $25 million facility billed as “the world’s largest museum attraction”: Titanic Pigeon Forge. The facility was built half-scale to the original ship using the actual plans by Harland & Wolff. Though smaller, the grandeur and old-world craftsmanship of the original was not compromised.
Head inside the museum for access to another selfie spot: The ship’s iconic Grand Staircase, which was built at a cost of over $1 million and is the only replica of that staircase in the world that you can actually climb.
9. Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge
Share the frame with your favorite celebrity at the nation’s largest wax museum and only wax museum focused exclusively on celebrities. Pose alongside movie stars and pop culture icons like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Cash, Will Smith, Julia Roberts, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, and dozens more. The figures are so spot-on and lifelike it’s eerie they’re not breathing and signing autographs.
10. Tennessee Museum of Aviation
Pose near your pick among the several vintage aircraft on display in the hangar of this museum. Airworthy Warbirds are the collection’s foundation and the museum is the only place in the U.S. that boasts two airworthy P-47 Thunderbolts—less than a dozen of these World War II planes still fly in the world! You can also climb into an A-4 Skyhawk Cockpit for a pilot’s eye view behind the controls and snap a souvenir image.
11. Music Outlet
This family-owned and operated store stocks new and used string instruments, plus offers lessons, repairs, sheet music and more. Picture yourself humming and/or strumming alongside the bigger-than-life banjo and/or guitar mounted on each side of the main entrance.
12. Old Tennessee Distilling Company
Snap a pic next to the shiny still that’s used to produce whiskey, rum, gin and moonshine. Before or after you’ve recorded your visit on camera, enjoy a free tasting (as long as you present ID to prove that you’re age 21 and older), at the place named “Tennessee Distiller of the Year” in 2015.
13. Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Mug for the camera outside this unique two-story building inspired by Tennessee’s first state prison and Alcatraz lighthouse guard towers, located at The Island in Pigeon Forge. From gunslingers to white-collar criminals, mobsters to opportunists, the museum explores crime and its consequences in a series of exhibits and hands-on activities. Selfie opportunities abound. Picture yourself seated on a police motorcycle, trapped in a jail cell, standing in a police lineup, featured on a wanted poster, and stuck in a pillory, among other scenes.
14. Red’s Café & Wings of Wander Murals
Snap a selfie at one of downtown Sevierville’s colorful new murals. The Red’s Café mural depicts a young girl – who might just be Dolly Parton – dining at Red’s Café, a popular eatery that was once located in downtown Sevierville. Wings of Wander is a set of monarch butterfly wings painted by local artist Pinkie Mistry. Both murals can be found on Bruce Street.
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