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Dollywood Road Trip

It won’t be long before many of us get to take a time out for spring break. One of my family’s favorite things to do during this March vacation is to plan a weekend road trip to Dollywood and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa.

We love road tripping to Dollywood because not only is it just a short 3.5 hour drive from our home just outside of Nashville, but it also makes traveling to Dollywood feel like a part of the fun – if you know how to plan a Dolly Parton-approved road trip, that is!

So if your family has ever considered taking a road trip to Dollywood, here are a few tips to help your adventure be as sweet as Ms. Dolly herself:

1. Pack Plenty of snacks:

Don’t get caught in traffic without an arsenal of yummy treats to keep your kiddos occupied. We like to keep our snacks and activities in an easy-to-access carrier, so that our kids can be independent in the back seat!


And be sure to pack some of your favorite snacks in mason jars – that’s what Dolly would do!

Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Gummi worms
  2. Chocolate-covered gummi bears
  3. Chocolate-covered nuts
  4. Fruit (to offset all the junk food!)


2. Make a Dollywood Playlist

Every road trip needs good tunes! We love making a fresh playlist every time we head east to Pigeon Forge.

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Let your kids pick a few songs on the playlist. Then there will be a little something for everyone!

Be sure to check out the Dolly Parton channel on Pandora or tune to our Dollywood Road Trip playlist on Spotify!

3. Pack Classic Road Trip Games

We are HUGE fans of playing games on the road – anything from “License Plate Bingo” to “Who-Can-Count-the-Most-Cows” can keep us occupied for hours! When we’re heading to Dollywood, we always try and play at least a couple Dolly-themed games as an homage to our favorite Tennessee songbird.

A few of our favorite Dollywood-bound games are:

  1. Name that Dolly Parton Tune
  2. Would You Rather Ride _________ or _________? (insert your favorite Dollywood rides here)
  3. Did Dolly Sing it? (My husband and I quiz our kids to test their knowledge of Dolly’s musical catalog)
  4. We also always bring along a few hands-on games like Flip-Slide and Go Fish, just to mix things up!


Looking forward to seeing many of you out on the open road as we make our way to Dollywood!

By | 2019-03-11T17:26:22+00:00 March 11th, 2019|Family Visits|0 Comments

About the Author:

Kelly Bandas (Dollywood Insider 2018-Now) is a Boston-native who now calls Franklin, Tennessee, home. She is a wife, mother, writer, speech language pathologist, adoption enthusiast and professional sandwich-crust-cutter-offer. Essays from her blog OohBother.com have been featured on sites such as, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, The Mighty and many others. Kelly and her family have been visiting Dollywood since her youngest was old enough to walk. They love spending most of their time at the park riding and re-riding the attractions in Country Fair.
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