Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountains Rise” Telethon Details Announced

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We are so thankful for Dolly Parton and what she’s doing to help take care of her Smoky Mountain hometown. Continue reading

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The City of Gatlinburg Sets Official Date to Reopen to the Public

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The City of Gatlinburg has officially announced the date it is planning to reopen for business. We have all been patiently awaiting for this news as our area continues to bounce back and recover from the recent wildfires. Continue reading

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How to Help the Great Smoky Mountains After the Wildfires

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The support for the Smoky Mountain area has been incredible. People from all over the country are showing their generosity and want to know more about how to help the Smoky Mountains recover from the recent wildfires. Continue reading

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5 Amazing Pigeon Forge Museums You Don’t Want to Miss

Photo of the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.

Whether you’re interested in history, pop culture, or exotic sports cars, Pigeon Forge, TN has a museum for you! Our Smoky Mountain city is home to a variety of wonderful museums that are great for adults and kids alike. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to five of the best Pigeon Forge museums. Continue reading

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4 Fun Facts About Forbidden Caverns in the Smoky Mountains [Video Included!]

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One of the most fascinating places to visit during your vacation in the Smoky Mountains is Forbidden Caverns. Located in Sevierville, TN, this one-of-a-kind attraction takes guests underground to explore a beautiful cave. Guests will enjoy a guided tour filled with information about the cavern’s long history and stunning formations. Along the way, you’ll see stalactites, stalagmites, grottos, and a lovely stream. To enhance the natural beauty of the cave, Forbidden Caverns is equipped with a variety of spectacular colored lights. Continue reading

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4 of the Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg at Night

The glittering lights of Gatlinburg at night.

When the sun goes down in Gatlinburg, there is still plenty of fun to be had! Our Smoky Mountain city is home to a wonderful collection of evening activities that are popular with visitors and locals alike. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to four of the best things to do in Gatlinburg at night. Continue reading

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The Secret History of the Dollywood Trains During WWII

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The Dollywood Express is one of the most iconic rides at the Dollywood theme park. Guests board a genuine coal-fired steam engine for a five mile adventure through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. With old time conductors and the piercing whistle of the steam engine, riding this train is like taking a journey back in time. Continue reading

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It’s All Fun and Games: Top 5 Arcades in Pigeon Forge

The Rockin' Raceway Arcade in Pigeon Forge TN.

No vacation in Pigeon Forge, TN is complete without a trip to an arcade! Perfect for a rainy or a chilly day, spending an afternoon at an arcade is fun for the entire family. To help you plan your getaway in the Smokies, we have put together a guide to five of the best arcades in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Alum Cave Trail to Reopen After Two Year Restoration Project

Scenic photo of the Alum Cave Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

One of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received a major facelift! After almost two years of work, the newly restored Alum Cave Trail is ready to once again receive thousands of hikers. Since May, the Alum Cave Trail has been closed from Monday – Thursday, but beginning on November 17, the revitalized trail will be open all week long. Read on for a look at all of the improvements made to Alum Cave Trail. Continue reading

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Smoky Mountains Appalachian Trail

The Smoky Mountains Appalachian Trail on a foggy fall day.

The Appalachian Trail is easily the most famous hiking trail in America. Spanning 14 states, this iconic path passes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for an extended section filled with spectacular natural beauty. Visit My Smokies did a little research to bring you five interesting facts about the Smoky Mountains Appalachian Trail. Continue reading

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