Everything You Wanted to Know About The Elkmont Ghost Town
Cottage in the abandoned vacation town of Elkmont.

A trip to Elkmont, Tennessee, is sure to be filled with mystery and storytelling. Once a settlers’ village, then a logging community, its lively existence came to an end as a wealthy visitors’ country club community that Smoky Mountains National Park let fade into its current dilapidated state. Just 15 minutes from Gatlinburg, Elkmont offers […]

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Have an Off Season Adventure in the Smoky Mountains!
a family in the snow

Off season in the Great Smoky Mountains used to mean everything shut down. Not so anymore. January and February are great times to visit with smaller crowds and plenty to do and see – often at a discount! Check out these Winter specials for favorite mountain restaurants via the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce and […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about visiting Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Great Smoky Mountain Cabins
frequently asked questions about the Smoky Mountains

Those planning a Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge Smoky Mountain vacation usually have similar questions in mind when making their plans. Below are a number of frequently asked questions. Cabins, Chalets and Condos How many cabins does American Patriot Getaways rent? We manage more than 400 cabins in the Smoky Mountains. How big are your Gatlinburg cabins? […]

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Where to See the Best Sunrises and Sunsets in the Smoky Mountains
The Best View Lodge at Sunset

Spectacular, breathtaking, awe inspiring. These are just a few words to describe the sunsets and sunrises that peer among the peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here are some of the best spots to capture the incredible colors while visiting East Tennessee. Stimulating Sunrises Hiking to see a sunrise: Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches across more […]

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Your Guide to the Best Winter Activities in The Smokies
a family in the snow

Embrace winter in the Great Smoky Mountains! There are so many winter activities to warm you up and make you smile. From skiing and snow tubing to hiking, trolley rides through the magic holiday lights, moonshine and wine tours to so much more! Don’t miss Ober Gatlinburg! Ober Gatlinburg is the place to go when you […]

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Indoor Adventures in the Smoky Mountains
The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge

When it’s too hot or too cold outside for you, head inside for adventure, relaxation, food and fun in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you’re a kick-back-in-your-cabin stay inside kind of person or you want to get out but stay inside at museums and aquariums or you want indoor adventure, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have […]

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The Absolute Best Christmas Shows in the Smokies

Holidays in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are not only beautiful but filled with fun family things to do including many Christmas shows! Here are some of our favorites this year: Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry– Canceled for 2020 season The Smoky Mountain Opry’s Christmas show is a spectacular of fun, comedy, singing, […]

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Day Trips to and Through the Blue Ridge Parkway from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge
smoky mountains in the fall

When you’re visiting the Great Smoky Mountains – whether for a weekend or a week, a great day trip is a ride through the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway – celebrating its 85th birthday this year – connects Shenandoah National Park, near Waynesboro, VA (Milepost 0) with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Cherokee, NC […]

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