Everything You Need to Know: Oktoberfest in Gatlinburg

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Join us this year to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Smokies! There’s no better place than the Great Smoky Mountains to enjoy an authentic German meal with friends and family.
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8 of the Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg in November

Seeing the fall colors in Cades Cove is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in November.

The month of November is a very exciting time to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee! As fall gives way to winter, the Smoky Mountains usher in the holiday season with a variety of special events and traditions. To help you plan your getaway, Visit My Smokies has put together a convenient guide to all of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in November: Continue reading

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5 Things You Don’t Know About the Dollywood Harvest Festival 2016

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The fall season is right around the corner. Cooler temperatures are making their way into the Smoky Mountains, and before you know it, the leaves will be turning to bright reds, yellows and oranges. Continue reading

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Did Woolly Mammoths Create Gregory Bald in the Smoky Mountains?

A grassy meadow at the top of Gregory Bald in the Smoky Mountains.

Anyone who has hiked to Gregory Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will agree that reaching the top of this mountain is a truly unique experience. What sets Gregory Bald apart from other peaks in the Smokies is that its summit is essentially a large open meadow, albeit at nearly 5,000 feet in the air. With no trees or rocks getting in the way, the top of Gregory Bald offers unobstructed panoramic views of Cades Cove and the mountains. Continue reading

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Stars of the Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge Tour New Zealand

Beautiful aerial view of Pigeon Forge TN.

Here at Visit My Smokies, we’ve always said that Pigeon Forge is home to some world class shows. Now, the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater is proving us right! The cast of America’s Hit Parade, one of the signature shows at the Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge, recently completed a two week tour of New Zealand. Visit My Smokies has all the details on the Pigeon Forge performers’ exciting trip around the world. Continue reading

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The Lost State of Franklin: How 8 Counties in East Tennessee Almost Became America’s 14th State

Map of the Lost State of Franklin.

The cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are some of the most beloved destinations in the state of Tennessee. If history had gone just a little differently, however, all of these cities would belong to an entirely different state! Before Tennessee was on the map, Sevier County was part of “Franklin”, a territory that almost became the 14th state in the Union. Visit My Smokies did a little research to bring you the strange story of the Lost State of Franklin. Continue reading

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5 Reasons You Will Love MagiQuest Pigeon Forge

The MagiQuest Pigeon Forge castle.

The Visit My Smokies team recently paid a visit to MagiQuest Pigeon Forge, and our experience was, well, magical! Housed in the giant medieval castle on the Parkway, MagiQuest is a totally unique destination that truly has something for everyone. Here are just five reasons you need to visit MagiQuest on your next vacation in Pigeon Forge: Continue reading

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5 Things at Dollywood You Didn’t Know Were Inspired by Dolly Parton’s Life

Water running on the Dollywood Grist Mill.

The Dollywood theme park is unique in that its identity isn’t tied to blockbuster movies or famous cartoon characters. In contrast to other parks around the country, Dollywood is primarily the vision of one person: country superstar Dolly Parton. Dolly’s fingerprints are all over the theme park, which makes Dollywood feel more grounded in reality, and more personal. While some references to Dolly’s music and career are easy to spot, there are also less obvious allusions to Parton’s life that you may not have noticed. Visit My Smokies did a little research to find out how these five things at Dollywood were inspired by the life and times of Dolly Parton: Continue reading

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New for 2016: Dollywood Christmas Parade of Many Colors

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Dolly Parton recently announced a $2.5 million addition to the Dollywood theme park called Parade of Many Colors. When you visit the Smoky Mountain area this Christmas, be sure to spend an evening at Dollywood to see all of the beautiful lights, trees and decorations throughout the park. Continue reading

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Dixie Stampede Coupons & Tips for Visiting the Pigeon Forge Dinner Show

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Dixie Stampede is one of the most popular attractions in Pigeon Forge and is the most popular dinner show in the area. Featuring live animals, horseback riding stunts, singing and dancing, family-friendly comedy and a great meal, Dixie Stampede is a must see for every Pigeon Forge vacation. Continue reading

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