2022 Fall Festivals

The air has turned, football has begun, and the sweatshirts have come out; autumn in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains has arrived. What does this mean? The 2022 Fall Festivals are back! There are lots of things to do in the Smokies in the fall – from Octoberfest and Halloween fun to chili cookoffs and a […]

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Best Ice Cream of 2022 in The Smokies

Best Ice Cream of 2022 in The Smokies Are you screaming for ice cream? We’ve got you covered with so many ice cream opportunities in the Great Smoky Mountains with unique treats and flavors, along with classic parlor shops too. Next Add Nitrogen Dulce Nitrogen- Ice Cream & Bubble Tea reopened in May after two […]

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Hotel or Cabin
Mountain Lake Getaway, a rental cabin on Douglas Lake

So you’re planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains? Fantastic! As you probably know, there’s no shortage of entertaining activities. Enjoy a day at a theme park. Get back to nature hiking in the National Park. Spend the day shopping and lunching in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. Yep, your vacation is sure to be a […]

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New Restaurants and Restaurant Updates

Come to the Smokies for the mountains, the streams and rivers and the food! We’ve got some restaurant updates for you – new restaurants and updates to some old favorites. Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown The long-awaited opening of star chef Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown happened in June. FACE Amusement Group and Guy Fieri opened the […]

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most pristine natural areas in the eastern United States. Smoky Mountain Information It’s a treasure trove of natural wonders, offering breathtaking mountain scenery, flowing rivers and streams, and ancient hardwood forests. The park provides a natural habitat for more than 10,000 species of plants, animals […]

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Car Shows

Get your car show on for the rest of the summer and fall with these exciting Smoky Mountain events. August 12 – 14, 2022 Sparks Car Show In its 9th year, the Sparks Car Show is 3 days at the Sevier County Fairgrounds at this family-run open event. The fairgrounds are at 754 Old Knoxville […]

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Bear Safety in the Smokies
Black Bear

The American black bear is arguably the most famous resident of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors are eager to see one. They aren’t elusive, and sometimes wander around or through Gatlinburg. Knowing bear etiquette and safety is important when visiting the Smokies – important for the visitors and the bears. And then enjoy […]

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Accessible Adventures and Cabins in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains and American Patriot Getaways cabins have many accessible cabin and adventure options. An accessible cabin is a property that typically has a level parking spot. In addition, they have no more than one step required for entry, utilize a 3-foot or greater entry door, and include an entry level bedroom and bathroom. […]

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Exploring Caves Near The Smokies

Looking for something cool to do this summer when it’s hot out? Try exploring caves or spelunking – Tennessee has some wonderful and interesting caves – more than 8,350 caves! Exploring Caves & Forbidden Caverns In Sevierville, check out Forbidden Caverns, where visitors are entertained and educated. Walk past sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, several grottos […]

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