Nat Geo Names Dolly’s Newest Resort One of the Best, Y’all

We just love Ms. Dolly Parton, and so does National Geographic.

The magazine has named Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, as one of the top 22 hotels across the globe for 2024. Additionally, Dolly Parton was named as one of Nat Geo’s “Travelers of the Year,” calling her the “Hospitality Queen.”

We’ve always known she was a queen, but it’s sure nice for others to recognize it too.

Nat Geo Names Dolly's Newest Resort One of the Best, Y'all
HeartSong Lodge & Resort courtesy of The Dollywood Company

Dolly’s newest resort, HeartSong Lodge & Resort, was named to the “Best Hotels” list, part of National Geographic Best of the World’s new “Worth a Trip” category, featuring the top establishments recommended for the year ahead.

Just four properties in the United States and Canada made the list…

Other notable resorts on the list include…

  • Pink Palm Hotel (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Wilmina (Berlin, Germany)
  • Raffles London at the OWO (London, England)
  • Singita Mara River Tented Camp (Tanzania)
  • Kurulu Bay (Ahangama, Sri Lanka)
  • Southern Ocean Lodge (Kangaroo Island, Australia)

The hotels on the list were chosen by National Geographic’s experts for being “worth building a trip around.” Full lists can be found at

“We just opened HeartSong Lodge in October, so I’m honored to know that it is already receiving such an outstanding recognition as this one,” Dolly said. “Like I always say, though, we don’t do what we do to win awards.”

Dolly continued, “As we’ve continued to grow and expand our parks and resorts, we’ve taken a lot of great care in making sure our guests feel like a member of our family and that they are making precious memories they’re always going to remember.”

Dolly, called the “Hospitality Queen” in the Travelers of the Year category, was recognized as one of “nine game changers making a difference.”

HeartSong Lodge & Resort is located just 4 hours away from Atlanta in Pigeon Forge, TN. In addition to all the fun Dollywood Theme Park offers, you’ll also find plenty to see and do in Pigeon Forge like the Titanic Museum, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, and Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Dinner Show.

HeartSong and its sister property Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, have truly made Dollywood a leading vacation destination for families. HeartSong Lodge & Resort features both indoor and outdoor pools, children’s activities, 6 dining locations, and complimentary trolley service to the Dollywood theme parks.

Dollywood Parks & Resorts boasts world-class roller coasters, award-winning entertainment, delectable Southern-inspired culinary options, and one of the world’s “most beautiful water parks.” Dollywood’s 2024 season opens on March 9.

Book It: HeartSong Lodge & Resort

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Nat Geo Names Dolly's Newest Resort One of the Best, Y'all