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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Rainy Day Activities in the Smoky Mountains

A family trip to the Smokies includes lots of activities.  Maybe a trip to Dollywood or a day spent walking the strip in Gatlinburg is in the works.  Sometimes though, mother nature doesn’t always take our plans into account. The Smoky Mountains are actually considered a temperate rainforest, with the high elevations of our mountains […]

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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 Dinner Theater Fun with Dolly Parton’s Stampede, a Family Feud and Pirates

Among the fabulous fun in the Great Smoky Mountains towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg: dinner theaters. Singing, dancing, pirates, fights, comedy, and live animals of all sorts including buffalo, long-horn cows, piglets and horses. All while you and your family enjoy marvelous, tasty southern, home-cookin’-style meals. Dinner theaters are some of the most family […]

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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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8 Reasons to Visit Gatlinburg: See the Odd, Set Records and Play at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley's Believe it or Not at night

The Great Smoky Mountains offer beauty, nature, cabins with ridiculous views, hiking, food, fun and the weird, strange, challenging and odd. What? Yes, that’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Gatlinburg’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has eight fun, and sometimes heart-stopping, and super weird adventures. Ripley’s history began more than a hundred years ago with […]

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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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