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Waterfall Hikes

Are you looking for a waterfall hike? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a popular vacation getaway for good reason.  We have beautiful mountain peaks, many of the highest in the eastern US.  We’re also home to more than 2900 miles of flowing streams. Flowing streams means plenty of waterfalls!  Ask any visitor to the park […]

5 Ways To Avoid Crowds in Gatlinburg

Sometimes we just want to avoid crowds in Gatlinburg and get away from everyone except our loved ones when we vacation. The Great Smoky Mountains is perfect for doing just that. The Smokies are the place to enjoy the quiet of the mountains, a secluded cabin, walks in the woods, wildlife, fishing, or a peaceful […]

Top 8 Shops for Unique Ice Cream Experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains

Creamy, yummy ice cream is on the menu all throughout the Great Smoky Mountains. Here are eight of our favorite spots to get unique ice cream any-time-of-year treat. The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar Meet Me in the Mountains is the signature shake here. Smokey (sic) Mountain Crunch ice cream in a vanilla frosted Custom Designed […]

Smoky Mountain Restaurant Options in 2023

New Smoky Mountain restaurant options are booming in the cities in Tennessee. A new diner in Gatlinburg and one in Pigeon Forge; a cider company and a pizza and wine bar in Pigeon Forge; barbeque joints in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville; and pizza, coffee, lobster; and Peruvian restaurants in Sevierville have been added to the […]

Pet Friendly In The Smokies

If your trying to plan the perfect pet friendly vacation, then we can get you off to a great start. Guests who come to the Smoky Mountains area know that a Smoky Mountain family vacation is for every member of the family, including the 4-legged ones. To make sure your pet friendly vacation is a […]

Car Shows of July 2023

Car enthusiasts rejoice! There are more car shows coming up in the Great Smoky Mountains. Not only can you view and explore the vehicles, you also can connect with people selling parts for your motorized baby. Aug. 11-13 Mustang Invasion Run by the Mustang Club of America, the Annual Smoky Mountain Mustang Invasion is held […]

Wheelchair Accessible Adventures

parking space at a cabin

The Smoky Mountains and American Patriot Getaways cabins have many wheelchair accessible adventures and cabins. An accessible cabin is a property that typically has a level parking spot. In addition, they have no more than one step required for entry, utilize a 3-foot or greater entry door, and include an entry level bedroom and bathroom. The […]

Bear Safety in the Smokies

Seeing a black bear on your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an amazing and exciting experience that people are thrilled to share in their social media posts. It’s a “Bucket List” event for many people. With more than 1,600 black bears in the area, the chances of seeing a bear are […]

Happy 89th Birthday, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Happy Birthday to The Great Smoky Mountains – the most visited national park in the United States – turns 89 on June 15, 2023. Celebrate the Smokies with a visit, learn the history of the mountains and experience all they have to offer – we’ll give you some ideas! Smoky Mountains History It took decades […]

Celebrate Father’s Day Any Day

Celebrate Father’s Day in the Smokies with a Guy’s Weekend or Family Outing. Whether it’s your dad or you are the dad you’re celebrating, the Great Smoky Mountains has everything you could possibly want for a guys’ Father’s Day weekend or a family weekend celebrating Dad. This year, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18. Let’s […]

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