Dolly Parton is Getting Her Own Series on Netflix

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We’ve got some exciting news for Dolly Parton fans! Our Smoky Mountain hometown hero is getting her very own series on Netflix. In a recent press release, the Queen of Country announced that her production company is teaming up with Warner Bros. Television to create a collection of films for the streaming giant. Continue reading

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Chief Ranger of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Retires

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During May 2018, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park experienced a big change. Steve Kloster, the chief ranger of the park, retired after serving 35 great years in the National Park Service. At Visit My Smokies, we’re taking the time to share with you more about Kloster’s story and the legacy he is leaving behind. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Happy Birthday to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating its 84th birthday! Can you believe it? This year marks 84 years that our beloved Smoky Mountains have been an established national park! Continue reading

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6 Shocking Secrets of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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It’s no secret that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country! And it’s no surprise why either. With more than 850 miles of hiking trails, 2,900 miles of streams and a wide variety of wildlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Even though the park is so well known, it still has some secrets hidden away that not many people know. Check out these shocking secrets of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 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 27 through Sunday, July 29, 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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All You Need to Know About Gatlinburg TN Weather in the Summer

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You can’t beat summertime in Gatlinburg! With the sun shining down on you and the warm breeze blowing through your hair, the temperature will feel perfect. There are so many ways to enjoy the weather, from outdoor adventures to soaking in a swimming pool. To help you plan an amazing vacation, we’ve put together all you need to know about Gatlinburg TN weather in the summer. Continue reading

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This July 4th: Gatlinburg Parade Rings in Independence Day at Midnight

4th of July Midnight Parade in Gatlinburg.

Nowhere else in the United States celebrates Independence Day quite like Gatlinburg, TN! Each year, our Smoky Mountain city rings in the holiday with an incredible parade starting at midnight on July 4th. This annual event typically draws around 80,000 spectators and has been named one of the “Top Ten Parades to See in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. To help you prepare for Independence Day, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Gatlinburg parade on the 4th of July. Continue reading

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The Most Popular Menu Items at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge

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The Old Mill was built in Pigeon Forge in the early 1800s. At one time, it actually produced electricity for the town. Now, it is the hot spot in Pigeon Forge to get some of the best Southern food you’ve ever tasted! It’s grown to be a favorite among both locals and visitors – and for good reason because the food is delicious! Continue reading

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4 Smoky Mountain Black Bear Safety Tips You Need to Know

Black bears are the signature Smoky Mountain wildlife.

Seeing wildlife is one of the best parts about visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is one of the many reasons so many people choose to vacation in the mountains. About 1,600 black bears call the Smoky Mountains home! Spotting a black bear during your visit to the National Park is exciting, so we want to make sure you know the best ways to keep both you and the bears safe. Here are the most important Smoky Mountain black bear safety tips you need to know: Continue reading

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7 Incredibly Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg TN in July

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Summer is the most popular time for visitors to vacation in Gatlinburg, and July is a very busy month for fun. Many events happen annually in July that add excitement to the already fun attractions, restaurants, and shopping. If you are looking for more fun things to do in Gatlinburg TN in July, check out some of these events that are sure to have all guests of Gatlinburg smiling. Continue reading

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