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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Kid Friendly Restaurants in the Smokies
Boy enthusiastically getting ready to eat a large stack of pancakes

You’re on a family vacation and enjoying the exciting attractions in Pigeon Forge.  There’s so much to see and do in the Smoky Mountains, and there’s an adventure for kids and adults alike.  When hanger hits hard, you want to find a place to eat fast.  Some little ones (and adults, too!) may be picky […]

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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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