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 2020
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 2020 Season Begins March 14 with Festival of Nations

Dollywood, the theme park that bares singer/songwriter Dolly Parton’s name, opens for its 2020 season on Saturday, March 14, 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 74th 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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