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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Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!
Dolly Parton receiving the Woodrow Wilson Award in 2008

Today Dolly Parton celebrates her 73rd Birthday!  In honor of the Smoky Mountain’s (and Sevier County’s) most famous resident, here are some some fun facts about the songstress herself: She’s a one of the most-honored music artists of all time – Dolly Parton has had 26 songs reach Number 1 on the Billboard country charts […]

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7 Reasons to Ditch the Passport and Plan a Smoky Mountain Vacation
sunrise above the peaks of smoky mountains

Longing for an exotic getaway? You imagine some far-flung locale with mystic smoke rising up from a land of lush green vegetation, teeming with wildlife and adventure around every corner. We’ll let you in on a little secret… that bucket-list destination might not be so far after all. Mystic smoke… check. Lush landscape…check. Wildlife galore…check. Non-stop […]

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Summer Getaway Ideas in Pigeon Forge
The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, TN

  Nestled against the beautiful Smoky Mountains in Tennessee is the town of Pigeon Forge. Long summer days and wide open spaces make this quaint mountain town a popular destination. Whether you’re in need of some rest and relaxation or outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone in Pigeon Forge. Ready to take a trip? Read […]

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Dollywood Sweeps 2013 Golden Ticket Awards with Five ‘Best of the Best’ Honors

Dollywood won five “best of the best” awards, ranked as finalists in five additional categories and landed two coasters on Amusement Today’s annual Best Steel and Best Wooden Coaster lists at the magazine’s prestigious 2013 Golden Ticket Awards on Saturday, Sept. 7. The awards, presented by trade publication Amusement Today, were handed out at Santa […]

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