8 Smoky Mountain Attractions You Haven’t Heard Of – But Should

Looking for something new? We’ve come up with 8 Smoky Mountain attractions: unique museums, natural attractions, sports and restaurants that you probably haven’t been to, but should! Salt and Pepper Museum The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum was started by an archaeologist who fell in love with the history behind salt and pepper shakers after […]

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5 Ways to Avoid Crowds in the Smokies
a bicyclist riding in Cades Cove

Want to avoid crowds and get away from it all? The Great Smoky Mountains is perfect for doing just that. The Smokies are the place to enjoy the quiet of the mountains, a secluded cabin, walks in the woods, wildlife, fishing, or a peaceful kayak/canoe trip. This is where you can take a hike, find […]

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Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains is a glorious experience, filled with color, cool nights and so much to do! Fall begins here with the Harvest Festival – a 9-week-long event that includes the transformation of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville into a quaint fall wonderland. This year, there will be life-size 3-D Scarecrow people […]

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Fall Foliage in the Smokies
Sunset in Gatlinburg in the Fall

The kids are back in school and the weather is about to cool down ever so slightly.  With a hint of fall in the air, many are already wondering when the leaves change in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.  If you want to know when you’ll see fall foliage in the Smokies, and where you […]

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Bear Safety in the Smoky Mountains
black bear cub and mama bear, cades cove

Seeing a black bear on your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains is a bucket list experience for many.  With more than 1600 black bears in our area, your chances of seeing one are pretty high!  While it’s always exciting to see a black bear in the Smoky Mountains, everyone wants to be safe while […]

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Cool Off This Summer in the Smokies
Cool off this summer in the Smokies

When the weather heats up, there are plenty of ways to cool off in Tennessee and The Great Smoky Mountains. There are swimming holes for splashing; rivers to wade in and laze about, kayak, canoe, fish or raft; cool caves to explore; and a giant water park for even more adventures. Local Swimming Holes Great […]

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What to do in Gatlinburg for Fourth of July
child on a man's shoulders watching fireworks

Celebrating America’s Declaration of Independence – our birthday – will be extra sweet this year now that we can travel again. What better place to celebrate America the Beautiful than in the majestic Smoky Mountains? Whether you are a local or in town for a summer visit, there are plenty of ways and places to […]

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Caves to Explore in the Great Smoky Mountains
Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville, TN

Looking for something cool to do this summer when it’s hot out? Try a little cave exploring or spelunking – Tennessee has some wonderful and interesting caves – more than 8,350 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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The Best Mexican Restaurants in the Smokies
Mexican Feast Served Family Style

Viva la comida Mexicana! Craving authentic tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas and more? There are several Mexican restaurants in the towns of the Great Smoky Mountains offering some of the best Mexican dishes. Locals love these places and with Taco Tuesday and then Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday, what better time to get out for some […]

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Choosing Between Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg
Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg

Wondering which town you should visit – Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg ?  We’ve got your guide to which town might be better for you.  Get the most out of your time visiting the Smokies when you read our guide deciding between Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.   The Food One thing visitors to the Smokies can count […]

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