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4 keys to enjoying Smoky Mountain Wilderness

Check your backpack before hiking the twisted trails of the Smoky Mountain wilderness. Is everything you need securely inside? Carefully packing for any hiking trip is as important as a hiking buddy and people at home who know your plans and general whereabouts. These are only four gear items important to remember, but regardless of […]

Take a Walk in Dolly’s Stilettos

Whether a super fan or a road warrior, if you’re visiting Eastern Tennessee, you must take a historical journey along the lifeline of the most famous resident: Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton still considers Tennessee home.  She has remained true to her roots in her song lyrics, philanthropy, and overall personality.  So put on your rhinestone […]

What to Do With Your Church Group in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

If you are planning a trip with your church group, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains are a great choice. Among the many different wholesome attractions and activities, there is sure to be something appealing to every member of your group. Here are some of the region’s most popular activities to consider as you are […]

How to Vacation in Pigeon Forge on a Budget

There are many reasons to visit Pigeon Forge. The incredible natural beauty and amazing attractions make it a premier vacation destination for any family.  And, on top of it all, Pigeon Forge can be extremely affordable. To prove it, check out this fun-filled and busy day on a budget! 8 to 9 am: Breakfast at […]

Gatlinburg: The Pancake Capital of the South

Breakfast lovers unite! Why would anybody eat anything else? Especially the king of breakfast foods – pancakes! It’s cake! For breakfast! And who knew that Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountain home for family-friendly and romantic getaways, also boasts tons of pancake houses? If you’re visiting historic Gatlinburg, or nearby Pigeon Forge, there’s a pancake waiting for […]

5 Things to Know About Fishing in Smoky Mountains

For many Smoky Mountain vacationers, the trip is not complete without a day of fishing.   In fact, for the true angler, it is the only reason to visit the Smokies. Year-round fly fishing is permitted in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  You can start fishing thirty minutes before official sunrise but must finish up […]

How to choose between a hotel and a cabin for your Smoky Mountains vacation

So you’re planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains? Fantastic! As you probably know, there’s no shortage of entertaining activities. Enjoy a day at a theme park. Get back to nature hiking in the National Park. Spend the day shopping and lunching in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. Yep, your vacation is sure to be […]

Four Beautiful Faces of the Smoky Mountains

Whether you’re a spring, summer, fall or winter person, the Great Smoky Mountains offer year-round opportunities to tap into your own unique spirit of adventure.  Nature’s wonders abound and no matter when you decided to visit, you’re sure to have a great time. Catch Spring Fever (March – May) With temperatures ranging from chilly to […]

3 Best BBQ Places in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Barbecue (or is it BBQ?) is loved worldwide, but nowhere more than in the United States.  In fact, before the Civil War, it is estimated that Americans ate five times more pork than beef.  During the 19th century pigs were considered to be a low-maintenance food source. Therefore, pork barbecue was the culinary favorite in […]

5 Reasons You Need to Visit Dollywood

It’s a one-of-a-kind place named for a one-of-a-kind superstar entertainer! What could be more fun that a trip to Dollywood, the Smoky Mountains’ very own theme park with a real Hollywood connection? Fun for the whole family is guaranteed with thrilling rides, musical shows, shopping, and great food. Whether you want the excitement of roller […]

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