Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

Happy Birthday Dolly!

The world’s most famous Smoky Mountain native is celebrating her birthday! Dolly Parton turns 71 years old today – although she certainly doesn’t look like a typical septuagenarian. While most people tend to slow down as they age, Dolly seems to be doing the opposite. In 2016, Dolly had one of her busiest and most successful years ever. To mark the country star’s birthday, Visit My Smokies has put together a quick recap of some of the biggest personal and professional moments for Dolly Parton in the past year. Continue reading

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Special Songwriting and Storytelling Event Coming to Dollywood

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A special songwriting and storytelling festival is coming to Pigeon Forge this month, and everyone is invited! From January 26 – 29, 2017, Dollywood will host “Lyrics & Lore Weekend”, a series of workshops and concerts dedicated to tunes and tales. Some of the nation’s finest writers and performers will be on hand to share the secrets of their craft. If you are an aspiring songwriter or storyteller, or you just love listening to great music and entertainment, you will love this event! Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Choose Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals Instead of a Hotel

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Are you trying to decide between renting a cabin or staying in a hotel for your next vacation in the Smoky Mountains? We can help! Read below to find all of the reasons why we know you and your family or group will be more comfortable staying in a Smoky Mountain cabin rental during your next getaway. Continue reading

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The Highest Point in the Smoky Mountains: Guide to the Top 5 Peaks

Stunning view from Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Smoky Mountains.

There is no shortage of breathtaking mountain peaks in East Tennessee! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Southeast. The crest of the Smokies extends in an unbroken chain of summits that rise higher than 5,000 feet for more than 36 miles. Continue reading

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America’s Most Famous Bald Eagle Lives in Pigeon Forge: The Story of “Challenger”

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Have you ever seen a bald eagle soar over a football stadium or baseball field during the national anthem? Chances are, this eagle was “Challenger”. Widely known for his appearances at sporting events all over the country and on television, Challenger is the most famous bald eagle in the world! This celebrity bird is the first bald eagle in American history to be trained to free-fly into sports stadiums and arenas during The Star-Spangled Banner. You can see Challenger in action in the video below: Continue reading

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Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Celebration Returns with More Music and Fun

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2017 will be here before you know it, and there is no better place to ring in the new year than Gatlinburg, TN! Our Smoky Mountain city will host its annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks show at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. This hugely popular event is expected to draw almost 60,000 people from across the nation. Visit My Smokies has all of the details on the Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve festivities. Continue reading

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6 of the Best Indoor Activities in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

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The Smoky Mountain area is blessed with a temperate climate that makes it possible to enjoy outdoor activities all year round. Sometimes, however, the weather just doesn’t cooperate with your plans to go hiking or picnicking in the national park. Continue reading

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Top 8 Reasons You’ll Love Vacationing at Cabins in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

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Each year, millions of people from all over the world come to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN just to stay in a cabin. What makes a cabin the perfect home away from home in the Great Smoky Mountains? To find out, watch the video below and then discover the top eight reasons vacationers love renting cabins in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg: Continue reading

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New Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge Now Open: Alcatraz East

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A major crime wave has hit Pigeon Forge…and we couldn’t be more excited! Alcatraz East is now open in the Smokies. Offering a behind the scenes look at the history of crime in America, this interactive museum has been eagerly anticipated all year. 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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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at These 5 Candy Shops in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN

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If you’re searching for something sweet during your vacation in the Smoky Mountains, you won’t have to look too far! The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee are filled with incredible candy shops with all of your favorite treats. Whether you’re a chocoholic, a caramel craver, or you’re nutty about nougat, you’re sure to find the perfect snack in the Smokies. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to five of the best candy shops in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN. Continue reading

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