8 Unique Ways to Celebrate the 2014 Smoky Mountains Winterfest

winter in the Smoky Mountains

At Visit My Smokies, winter is one of our favorite seasons. Why? It is the one time of year that combines two of our favorite things, Christmas and the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

4 Reasons Even The Locals Love Spending Time in Wears Valley, TN

Bridge over a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wears Valley, TN, often referred to as the hidden gem of the Smoky Mountains, is actually one of the best places to spend time while you’re visiting the area. When you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Wears Valley is the place to be. Take a look below to find out why visitors love all of the things to do in Wears Valley. Continue reading

Step-By-Step Guide to the Cades Cove Loop Road

Cades Cove Fall

If you are looking for a peaceful place in the heart of the Smoky Mountains where it seems as if time stands still, look no further than Cades Cove. What was once the home to over 100 early settlers has quickly become one of the most highly-visited areas in the national park, and rightfully so. Continue reading

Top 4 Places to Find Fall Food in the Smoky Mountains

Fall foods, pumpkin, pie

In addition to the area’s amazing fall foliage, one of the best things about autumn in the Smokies is all of the delicious seasonal food! If you’re a fan of apples, pumpkins, and all of the other tasty fall flavors, you just can’t beat a trip to Sevier County, Tennessee. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite places to enjoy fall food in the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading

4 Unique Ways to Explore the Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage

Smoky Mountains fall foliage

The Smoky Mountains fall foliage is nearing its peak! Not only does that mean that the beautiful fall colors are here to stay for awhile but that also means that traffic in the area is starting to pick up, especially around the weekends. Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About the Ole Smoky Pigeon Forge Moonshine Distillery

Ole Smoky Moonshine Pigeon Forge

When Ole Smoky Moonshine first opened its doors in 2010, it was the first legal moonshine distillery in the Smoky Mountains. Since then, it has quickly grown in popularity and has earned the title of America’s most visited distillery. Not to mention, the company as a whole has solidified itself as one of the leading distilleries of premium moonshine in the country. Continue reading

Take an Exclusive Video Tour of Wears Valley, Tennessee

Wears Valley, Tennessee

In the latest installment of our Insiders View video series, travel interviewer Meredith Lofton takes a special tour of Wears Valley. A hidden gem in the Great Smoky Mountains, this incredible area is one of the most scenic spots in all of East Tennessee. Ted Jordan, a local businessman and longtime resident of Wears Valley, shows Meredith some of the best things to see and do in the valley. Watch the video below to get an insider’s look at this amazing vacation destination:  Continue reading

Details Inside: How to Safely View Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Elk laying down

Wildlife. It’s probably one of the main reasons you visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you’re visiting to see large animals like black bears or deer or you’re looking to catch a glimpse at squirrels and raccoons, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with wildlife of all types. But according to the National Park officials, it’s the largest animal in the national park, the elk, that are one of the most dangerous this time of year. Continue reading

Hiker Discovers Real-Life Wonderland in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

abandoned building in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Do you remember when you were a little kid and you would go exploring, and you would always imagine discovering a secret city or magical hideaway? That may have just been us, but wouldn’t it be cool if it happened while you were hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Continue reading

6 Scenic Smoky Mountain Fall Drives Near Wears Valley

couple enjoying scenic Smoky Mountain drive

This time of year there is always one question on visitors minds, “Where is the best place to see the fall leaves?” At Visit My Smokies, we have already told you about many of the great fall Smoky Mountain hiking trails that offer incredible views of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage. However, for guests wanting to experience the beauty of fall in the Smoky Mountains from the comfort of their car, here is a breakdown of all of our favorite Smoky Mountain fall drives near Wears Valley. Continue reading