5 of the Best Things to Do in Pigeon Forge in August

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August is your last chance to enjoy some summer fun in Pigeon Forge! With average highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s, the weather is perfect for relaxing by the pool and soaking up the sun. In addition to the wonderful climate, August also brings a variety of fun events to the Smoky Mountains. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to all of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge in August: 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 29 through Sunday, July 31, 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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Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge Has Huge Success in First 3 Months

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The Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge has only been open since the ribbon-cutting in March 2016. It was expected that it would do well, but the youth baseball complex has done even better than expected in its first 3 months! Continue reading

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Dollywood Serves Special Needs Guests with New Autism Calming Room [Video Included]

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Dollywood’s New Autism Calming Room

Dollywood recently unveiled its new autism calming room which might help make your visit to the amusement park a little easier. Continue reading

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Douglas Lake Fishing Information & License Requirements for Planning Your Day at the Lake

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Douglas Lake is made up of about 28,000 acres and is just a short drive from the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. Douglas Lake sits at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and it’s a great spot for spending time fishing nearly year-round. 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 were 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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Vote for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Win “Best National Park for Kids” Award

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There’s no better place to vacation than the Great Smoky Mountains! If you agree, we need your help! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been nominated for an award – “Best National Park for Kids.”

There is a list of 20 national park nominees and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was trailing behind in the #2 position. We need your vote to win! Continue reading

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National Park Service Reveals Top 5 Most Popular Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

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2016 has been a big year for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently celebrated its 82nd birthday, and in August, the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. To mark these festivities, WBIR in Knoxville asked the park what the top five most popular hikes in the Smoky Mountains are. Read on to see which trails made the list: Continue reading

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5 Reasons Dolly Parton Should Run for President

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As the election season kicks into high gear, Visit My Smokies would like to make a formal endorsement for the U.S. presidential race. While there are lots of strong candidates running this year, we think that there is one woman who could truly bring our country together: Dolly Rebecca Parton. Of course, we love the fact that Dolly is a native of our beloved Sevier County, Tennessee, but our endorsement is informed by much more than mere geographical bias. Here are five reasons a Parton presidency is exactly what America needs. Continue reading

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Time Magazine Features the Smoky Mountains to Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

Time Magazine Features the Smoky Mountains to Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

This year (2016), the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday! As part of the celebration, Time Magazine released a special edition of their magazine, “America’s National Parks: 100 Years of Preserving Our Land and Heritage,” and it features the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Continue reading

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