9 Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge That Are Perfect for the Entire Family

Aerial view of Gatlinburg TN in the spring

As you know, there is nowhere like the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Unlike any other vacation destination in the US, the Great Smoky Mountains are enjoyable no matter what season it may be. With plenty of activities to enjoy year round, there is something for everyone. Take a look at all of these great family friendly things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for your next vacation: Continue reading

Secrets of the Smokies: 7 Free Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains National Park

View of the Smoky Mountains in the springtime with purple haze in the background

The Smoky Mountains are full of great attractions throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. However, for those of you wanting to branch out past the norm, we have the top 7 free things to do in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue reading

Top 9 Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails with Waterfalls

Rainbow Falls on Smoky Mountain trail with waterfalls

In light of the temporary closure of Laurel Falls, we’ve been busy rediscovering the other Smoky Mountain hiking trails with waterfalls to hold us over until it reopens, and they are all definitely worth the trip. We’ve compiled a list of nine trails in the national park that are sure to meet your waterfall sightseeing needs. Keep reading to learn more: Continue reading

19 Major Gatlinburg Fishing Streams Now Open

Angler casting rod while Gatlinburg stream fishing

For the first time since the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s establishment in 1937, all 2,900 miles of the park’s streams are now open for fishing. The reopening of Lynn Camp Prong following a seven-year native, brook trout restoration project marks the park’s complete stream fishing availability, which is great news for both local and visiting anglers. The park and surrounding area boasts some of the most diverse fish populations in the country, making Gatlinburg fishing streams a destination for fishermen of all ages and skill level.

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Inside Look: Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A stream running through the Smoky Mountains surrounded by fall color

Whether you’re visiting for the beautiful fall colors or to enjoy the cooler temperatures, fall in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most popular times to vacation in the Smokies. We decided to take an inside look at the fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so you can experience the beauty of the Smokies right from your home. Continue reading

7 Things to Do in Gatlinburg in April

Things to do in Gatlinburg in April

With springtime in Gatlinburg well underway, April is the perfect time to get outside, soak up some sun and enjoy the Smoky Mountain air. Lucky for you, there are plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg in April – check out our list below:  Continue reading

A 5 Store Tour: Gatlinburg Shopping at The Village

Sign of Village Shops in Gatlinburg

Opportunities for shopping in the Smoky Mountains are endless. Between outlet malls, downtown shops and locally owned stores, you have days of retail therapy ahead of you. But one possibility you definitely shouldn’t miss out on is Gatlinburg shopping at The Village. Tucked into a nook downtown, The Village is a picturesque collection of quaint stores and eateries that are a must for anyone looking for great shopping – and then some. A winding brick path takes you through a unique selection of boutiques, clothiers, eateries and galleries with plenty of bench space for resting and enjoying the scene along the way. Continue reading

Local Favorites: 7 Must-Visit Attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

View of Gatlinburg in the summertime

Planning a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains may seem like a daunting task since it expands over 800 square miles and offers a variety of adventures for all walks of life. Have no fear! Here is a list with 8 attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg you may not have known about–to help you plan a better vacation. Continue reading

Top 3 Things to Do in Gatlinburg in the Spring

View of the Great Smoky Mountains in the spring

Do you feel that? The sun on your face, warm breeze circulating through your hair and dew – not frost – tipped grass under your feet – it’s Gatlinburg coming to life with springtime. If you’re looking for a way to indulge in the recent warmth, look no further than the Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Smoky Mountains or check out these other great things to do in Gatlinburg in the spring. Continue reading

What Is So Special About Taking a Gatlinburg Vacation in March?

Gatlinburg vacation in March

Are you restlessly counting down the days until spring break gets here, or at least trying to patiently wait until the warmer weather is here to stay? At Visit My Smokies, we could not agree more! That is why we are excited to announce all of the amazing benefits that come with taking a Gatlinburg vacation in March.

With spring just around the corner, there is no better time than now to plan on spending a few relaxing days in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading