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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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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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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Family Nature Walks in the Smoky Mountains
Family hiking together through the woods.

We all lead incredibly busy lives. Busy lives come with busy schedules.  Busy schedules mean it’s harder to spend time together as a family. Imagine a place where you and your family can get away and spend time together, without any interruptions.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to unplug and […]

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