Dolly Parton Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Dolly Parton ALS Ice Bucket

If you are anything like us, over the past couple of weeks our Facebook newsfeed has been taken over by our friends competing in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. However, the challenge has been taken to a whole new level now that Dolly Parton has gotten involved. Continue reading

6 Wild Facts About the Smoky Mountain Wild Flowers

Yellow and orange daffodil Smoky Mountain wild flower

The Smoky Mountains are known for the beautiful wildflowers that call them home. These brightly colored plants blanket the area every spring and create an unbeatably stunning scene.

However, there are much more to these Smoky Mountain wild flowers than just looking pretty. Don’t believe us? Check out the 6 shocking facts we found below. Continue reading

9 Ways to Experience Fall in the Smoky Mountains

Fall colors in the Smoky Mountains

We at Visit My Smokies could not be more excited that fall in the Smoky Mountains is just around the corner. Not only is this the time of year when the weather begins to cool off and we can start planning a relaxing evening by a fire, but it is also the time of year where the leaves in the mountains change into a stunning collage of colors. Continue reading

Top 4 Things to Expect At the 2014 Shades of the Past Car Show in Pigeon Forge

classic cars at 2014 Shades of the Past car show in Pigeon Forge

Over the years, Shades of the Past has quickly become one of the most popular car shows in Pigeon Forge. This weekend-long event draws crowds from all across the country that come and enjoy all of the beauty that classic cars have to offer. This year, the special Pigeon Forge car show will be held September 5-6. Continue reading

How to Celebrate the National Park Service’s 98th Birthday in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sunrise inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Birthdays are always a special occasion to celebrate, especially if you are the National Park Service. Today, the National Park Service is celebrating a milestone anniversary of 98 incredible years, and what better way to celebrate than by offering free admission to visitors to all national parks in the United States. Continue reading

8 Dates That Changed the History of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Black and white images of wood cabins in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is, by far, one of the most diverse national parks in the United States. There are 8 dates that absolutely changed the course of history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, each helping to make the park what it is today. Continue reading

5 Wears Valley Restaurants You Didn’t Know About–But Should

iew from Newfound Gap Road

There are tons of delicious places to eat in the Smoky Mountains. From a relaxed and quiet restaurant in Gatlinburg to an exciting dinner and a show in Pigeon Forge, guests to the area can find something to tackle just about any food craving.

That being said, how much do you and your family know about all the delicious Wears Valley restaurants? A little off the beaten path of the Parkway, these five eateries are sure to leave your family happy and full. Continue reading

How to Spend 3 Amazing Days in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Grassy view of Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Are you wondering what to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? There’s so many great places to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, whether you’re an avid hiker or you just love spending time taking in the natural beauty. If you have 3 days to spend in the Great Smoky Mountains, this itinerary will fill your time with all of the best things to do in the park. If you only have 1 or 2 days to spend in the national park, take bits and pieces of this itinerary and form your own vacation plan! Continue reading

How Much Do You Know About the History of Log Cabins in the Smoky Mountains?

Black and white photo of the John Oliver cabin

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a diverse collection of log cabins and other log buildings. But how much do you know about these old historical structures? Keep reading to learn all about the cabins and what makes them more unique than any other cabin you’ve visited. Continue reading

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the History of Wears Valley TN

Scenic Smoky Mountain view of meadow and trees

Wears Valley TN is one of the most unique areas that the Smoky Mountains have to offer. Not only is this area known for its many quaint shops and restaurants, but it is also home to some of the most beautiful scenic views of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Nestled between the park’s boundaries and the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley TN has managed to remain one of the most relaxing areas guests can visit. Continue reading