Couple Takes Epic Year-Long Road Trip to All 59 National Parks

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Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. National Park Service, and one American couple decided to celebrate the occasion in a big way. Stephanie Payne and Jonathan Irish set out to visit all 59 national parks in 52 weeks! From January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, Payne and Irish crisscrossed the country in an SUV and Airstream trailer, stopping at a new park each week (and sometimes, multiple parks per week). Continue reading

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11-Year Old Girl Launches Hot Dog Business in Sevierville: Teagan’s Tasty Dogs

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With over 11 million annual visitors, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains are a great place to launch a business. Like many entrepreneurs in the area, Teagan Huskey is starting small but has big plans to expand. Unlike most local entrepreneurs, however, Teagan is only 11-years old! Continue reading

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6 Things You Don’t Know About the Tennessee Tax Free Weekend

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Do you love saving money when you shop? From Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30, Tennessee Tax Free Weekend will be in full swing across Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You can save up to 10% on certain items while shopping during the tax free holiday. Find out more below! Continue reading

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Back for the Summer: The Gazillion Bubble Show at Dollywood

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One of Dollywood’s most popular visiting shows is back for the summer! From now until August 6, 2017, guests at the theme park can enjoy the Gazillion Bubble Show, a one-of-a-kind performance that your whole family is guaranteed to love. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Gazillion Bubble Show at Dollywood. Continue reading

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Why 1 Bedroom Cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Are Perfect for a Romantic Getaway

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The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the nation’s most popular destinations for romantic retreats! Each year, millions of couples come to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN to celebrate weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Tucked away in the foothills of the Smokies, a cabin rental is the perfect place to stay with your sweetheart. To help you plan your next couple’s getaway, we have put together four reasons you’ll love vacationing at one of the 1 bedroom cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Rising Country Star Carly Pearce Got Her Start in Pigeon Forge

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Carly Pearce may not be a household name yet, but that won’t be the case for much longer! Pearce is a rising star in the world of country music, and 2017 is poised to be a huge year for the 27-year old singer. Springboarding off of her hit single “Every Little Thing”, Pearce is expected to release her debut album with Big Machine Records later this year. Country Music Television recently named her one of the “Next Women of Country” and included her in their list of “17 for 2017”. Continue reading

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Dollywood Ranked Among Top 20 Amusement Parks in the World by TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor recently released its list of the best amusement parks in the world, and we’re pleased to report that our very own Dollywood made the grade! As the most popular travel site on the web, TripAdvisor features millions of reviews from ordinary vacationers. To compile its list of the world’s top amusement parks, TripAdvisor used an algorithm that measures the quantity and quality of user reviews of theme parks from around the globe. Continue reading

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Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund: Adventures in the Smoky Mountains (With Videos!)

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Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund visited the Smoky Mountains this summer! We had a great time with Crusoe while he was here! In case you missed any of the videos from Crusoe spending time in the Smoky Mountain area, take a look at all of his adventures with his brother Oakley in the videos below. Continue reading

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New This Summer: Rolled Ice Cream in Pigeon Forge at Curl de la Creme

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A brand new ice cream shop has opened in Pigeon Forge, TN, and it’s unlike anywhere else you’ve ever visited! Curl de la Creme specializes in “rolled ice cream”, a delicious dessert that is made right in front of your eyes. Since Curl de la Creme opened at the end of June, it’s been generating a ton of positive buzz and lines have been out the door. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about this unique destination for ice cream in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Top 5 Picnic Areas in Pigeon Forge TN, Gatlinburg TN, and the Smoky Mountains

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Going on a picnic is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains. There is something about dining outside that just seems to make your food taste better! Continue reading

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