Dolly Parton & Carl Dean Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Dolly Parton 50th Anniversary

Country music star, Dolly Parton, and her longtime husband, Carl Dean, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! Continue reading

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Dolly Parton to Be Featured on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” TV Show

The Dollywood sign and butterfly flower arrangement at the theme park's entrance.

On May 21-22, Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” recently visited Pigeon Forge to record 5 shows – all recorded at Dollywood – to give their viewers an inside look at everything Dollywood has to offer, plus a “behind the scenes” look at Dolly Parton’s life. Continue reading

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About the New Pearl Harbor Ripley’s Aquarium Exhibit

About the New Pearl Harbor Ripley’s Aquarium Exhibit

Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg is one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg, and it’s great for people of all ages. Other than all of the great exhibits that can be seen at the aquarium throughout the year, they also feature special exhibits. The Pearl Harbor Ripley’s Aquarium exhibit is one you definitely don’t want to miss! Continue reading

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New Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge to Open This Fall: Alcatraz East

A man behind bars at the new crime museum in Pigeon Forge.

A major crime wave is going to hit Pigeon Forge…and we couldn’t be more excited! This fall, Alcatraz East will open in the Smokies. Offering a behind the scenes look at the history of crime in America, this interactive museum is one of the most hotly anticipated attractions of 2016. Visit My Smokies has the inside scoop on everything you need to know about the new crime museum in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Gatlinburg

Everything you need to know about the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Gatlinburg.

While some attractions are a dime a dozen, there are other vacation destinations that are totally unique to Gatlinburg. The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum is about as unique as they come. Considered one of Gatlinburg’s hidden gems, this quirky museum is home to over 20,000 pairs  of salt and pepper shakers! Featuring shakers of every variety from around the world, this collection is the only one of its kind in the United States. Visit My Smokies has put together a convenient guide with everything you need to know about the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Gatlinburg. Continue reading

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Everything We Know About Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Pigeon Forge

Lumber and ax

In June 2015, Dolly Parton acquired the Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge TN. Now, the Lumberjack Feud has become Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Pigeon Forge, and it will be open for your next visit to the area! Opening day for the new attraction is Friday, May 20, 2016, and here’s what else we know about the new Pigeon Forge attraction: Continue reading

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Good Morning America Visits the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Video Included!)

Incredible sunset in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To mark the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, Good Morning America is travelling all across the country to profile some of the nation’s most famous parks. Our very own Great Smoky Mountains National Park got plenty of love when GMA special correspondent Jesse Palmer took a trip to the Smokies. We have collected the best clips from Palmer’s adventures and added some additional information, so you can enjoy all of the fun activities highlighted on GMA. Continue reading

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The Strange History of the Walker Sisters in the Smoky Mountains

An historic Smoky Mountain cabin, similar to the one the Walker Sisters lived in.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with a variety of historic cabins from a bygone age. When you visit the park, you can walk into these cabins, look around, and imagine what life must have been like over a hundred years ago. But what if you didn’t have to imagine? Continue reading

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All the Details: Dolly Parton Movie “Coat of Many Colors” Sequel

Sun shining over the rolling hills of the Smoky Mountains

With a career that spans over 50 years, there isn’t much that Dolly Parton has not mastered. After getting her start on The Porter Wagoner Show that aired weekly on TV, Dolly has gone on to see amazing success both in the music and film industry. She has also had one of her famous hits turned into a Broadway show, ‘9 to 5: The Musical.’ Continue reading

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Dollywood Theme Park Turns 30

The Grist Mill at the Dollywood theme park.

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun! Believe it or not, the famous Dollywood theme park turned 30 years old this week. To celebrate the park’s big birthday, Visit My Smokies is taking a look back at Dollywood’s incredible history. Read on to learn how Dolly Parton created one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. Continue reading

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