How Vacationing in the Smoky Mountains Will Benefit Your Health

couple hiking and looking toward the viewFrom outdoor adventure to a diverse grouping of historic events and cultural festivals, the Great Smoky Mountains has become a unique vacation destination for all kinds. Known for bustling stretches of attractions with peaceful acres of open trails and mature forests, the area is perfect for those who want fresh air, low stress levels and health benefits. Continue reading

9 Things You Can Only Find in the South

Sweet tea with lemonThe South is serious about its food. Influenced by European, Native American, and African cuisine, the fare you’ll find below the Mason-Dixon line is truly one of a kind. If you’re going to be travelling in the Great Smoky Mountains, be sure to spend some time sampling the local flavor! Here are nine Southern foods you need to try before you leave the Smokies: Continue reading

Determine Your Smoky Mountain Lodging Personality

family laughing and playing outdoorsWouldn’t planning a Smoky Mountain vacation be a whole lot easier if you had a better idea of which lodging option suited you best? Take this quick quiz to find the perfect vacation rental to fit your personality, so you can have the best stay possible.

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What Makes the Smoky Mountains the ‘Wedding Capital of the South’?

Newlyweds huggingWe always hear the Smoky Mountains referred to as ‘The Wedding Capital of the South.’ However, what does that mean? To help soon-to-be newlyweds find the answer to this question, we at Visit My Smokies have put together five reasons we consider the Smoky Mountains to be the premier destination wedding venue in the United States. Have your own reason? Let us know in the comments below! Continue reading

Where and When to Spot Your Favorite Smoky Mountain Wildlife

buck in open valleyWildlife is one of the many reasons people vacation in the Smoky Mountains each year. With a diverse wildlife population, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place for animal lovers. Since so many don’t know where or when to view wildlife, we decided to put together a guide to spotting your favorite Smoky Mountain wildlife all over the park. Continue reading