The Best Summer Wildflowers in the Smokies
Gregory Bald looking down into Cades Cove.

Summer blooms are starting to show up here in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  While the low elevations have seen many beautiful flowers come and go, the high elevations are just getting started!   There are many reasons to visit the high elevations of the Smoky Mountains in the summer months.  In fact, we […]

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Secret Spots of the Smokies
Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance

With over 11.4 million annual visitors, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country – seeing as many visitors as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined!  A popular national park can sometimes mean big crowds during busy times of year. If you’re looking to see the park and […]

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Five Smoky Mountain Shopping Destinations for Unique Gifts and Inspired Wares
Three women shopping, carrying bags.

On any given day in the towns around the beautiful Smoky Mountains, visitors and locals are enjoying the vistas, the sites, the sounds, the attractions of the area and the shopping! That’s right, Sevier County is known as much for its shopping opportunities – from unique local shops to international designer outlets – as it […]

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Smoky Mountain Summer Festivals
Meat cooking on a charcoal grill with people in the background

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to break out the BBQ and a few good tunes.  Luckily, if you’re planning a visit to Sevierville, Gatlinburg, or Pigeon Forge in late May you have a chance to do just that at one of TWO amazing festivals.  Read on to learn all about Sevierville’s Bloomin’ […]

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Everything You Need to Know About the Synchronized Fireflies in 2019
Fireflies putting on a spectacular light show.

Each and every year in the Smoky Mountains, for a magical few nights in June, something spectacular happens.  One of the 19 species of fireflies in our spectacular park, the Photinus carolinus, synchronize their flashing pattern.   These synchronized fireflies are a true sight to behold and worth attempting to see. Read this post to see […]

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Dollywood’s 2019 Season Begins March 15 with Festival of Nations
Cuba Vibre - Cuban Dancers

Dollywood, the theme park that bares singer/songwriter Dolly Parton’s name, opens for its 2019 season on Friday, March 15, with food, fun, rides, and song and dance. Spanning 150 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 world class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the “friendliest park atmosphere in the world.” Dollywood wins awards for […]

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