The new year is the traditional time for recharging your batteries. And there's no better place to destress and refresh than the breathtaking Smoky Mountains. Especially from January through May, when the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area hosts an array of events and festivals, culminating in Wilderness Wildlife Week. (More about that in a bit.)
Each year, thousands and thousands of visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains make overnight rental cabins their accommodations of choice. It's not hard to understand why. Cabins offer a lot of advantages for the traveler, including a wide range of sizes to accommodate small or large groups, economic efficiency, a home-like atmosphere, privacy and seclusion, and amenities that you usually don't find in the typical hotel or motel.
Pigeon Forge is famous for its spectacular live entertainment. But not all shows are appropriate for families with small children. Here are seven fun shows everyone can appreciate, from tots to teens to parents and grandparents.
You don't have to spend a fortune to have a fabulous time in the Smokies. Here are a few cool ways you and your family can enjoy the mountains this November... without straining your budget.
Between hiking, zip lining, shopping, and all of the other fun activities in the Great Smoky Mountains, you're going to work up quite an appetite. Fortunately, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have hundreds of amazing restaurants to explore. Food choices in the Smokies run the gamut from traditional southern barbecue to international cuisine and vegetarian-friendly eateries. Whatever sounds good, we've got it.
Encompassing 816 square miles and occupying parts of two states, Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers a lot of territory – typically way more than most folks can take on in a lifetime, much less a single visit. As a result, visitors (more than 9 million annually) tend to focus on the more popular destinations within the park – sites like Cades Cove or Clingmans Dome or the visitor centers located on either side of the park (one for TN, one for NC).
There are so many astonishing new Sevierville and Pigeon Forge attractions opening this year - you may have a hard time deciding where to start. From shopping and brain games to heart-pounding adventures, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge are the places to be this summer and fall.
There's so much to enjoy in the Great Smoky Mountains during a summer vacation, but Dollywood theme park is always a family favorite. This year Dollywood is better than ever with tasty new restaurants, exciting new rides, and new high-tech shows. Dollywood also has a new mission for 2017: keeping families together while they enjoy the park. You'll see evidence of the shift all during your visit.
If you've always wanted a bird's eye view of the Great Smoky Mountains, ziplining is the way to go. Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge has seven amazing lines that take you on a two-hour, jaw-dropping canopy tour.
Are you headed to the Smokies this summer? You're in for a treat! Exciting new attractions let you discover the saga of Dolly Parton's family before she was born, spot sharks through a glass-bottom boat at the aquarium, go snow tubing in summertime, and more. Here are some of the newest Smoky Mountain attractions that await you.
The perfect long weekend: Good food, beautiful scenery, and good music followed by late Southern breakfasts, and maybe even a hike or a little shopping to burn off the biscuits. If that sounds like your idea of fun, make plans to be part of the festivities at Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass on Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th in beautiful Sevierville, Tennessee. Each year nearly 37,000 people converge in this historic valley for two days of music, food, crafts and fun. Sevierville is nestled at the foot of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains and offers stunning views with a hometown feel. Last year the Southeast Tourism Society voted this family-friendly event Festival of the Year, and additions to this year's events promise even more enjoyment.
If you're headed to the Great Smoky Mountains to cool off this summer, you won't want to miss the new shows and attractions at Dollywood and Splash Country, and in Pigeon Forge. Dollywood's new mission is to help families experience the park together instead of splitting up. This new concept has led to three exciting rides and novel shows.
If your idea of heaven is beautiful scenery and plenty of peace and quiet, renting a cabin in Pigeon Forge is for you. Cabins come in all sizes, and each has its own unique personality. There is an abundance of cabin rental agencies, so before choosing your mountain home, it's a good idea to do a little homework.
Rainy or snowy vacation days can give you time to relax and enjoy some of the best Smoky Mountain indoor activities. For regular visitors, some indoor attractions are among their favorite ways to have fun in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Here are a few ways to spend a rainy or snowy day in the Great Smoky Mountains:
In late November 2016, residents and friends of the Great Smoky Mountains could only watch helplessly as wildfires swept through Gatlinburg and threatened Pigeon Forge. In the end, 14 lives were lost, and many homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. In true mountain spirit, however, locals and volunteers immediately started working together to begin cleanup and rebuilding as soon as the fires were out and the evacuation order was lifted.