What to do in Gatlinburg for Fourth of July
Eagle perched in front of an American Flag

It’s time to celebrate America’s Declaration of Independence, our birthday! And 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 celebrate on Thursday, July 4, and all weekend. Here are […]

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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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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
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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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