Which Smoky Mountains Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving?

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Will you be spending Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains? Get a jumpstart on your holiday meal planning today by deciding which of the many excellent Smoky Mountain restaurants open on Thanksgiving you and your family will want to visit. Here, you will find the name, address, phone number, and holiday hours of all the best Smoky Mountains restaurants that will be open this Thanksgiving. Continue reading

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WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge to Host Astronaut and Special NASA Exhibit

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This fall, visitors to Pigeon Forge will be able to take one small step for vacationers and one giant leap for vacation-kind! From October 5 – 8, 2017, the popular WonderWorks attraction will host a temporary exhibit called “NASA Journey to Mars”. This eagerly anticipated exhibit will feature a meet and greet with a former astronaut, an actual moon rock that guests can touch, a virtual reality experience, and even more fun. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Visit My Smokies has put together a convenient guide to this special event at WonderWorks. Continue reading

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Where the Locals Eat in Pigeon Forge TN and the Smoky Mountains

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There is no shortage of wonderful restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! With hundreds of eateries to choose from, you could spend the whole year dining out in the Smokies and not eat at the same place twice. Continue reading

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Dollywood Shows and Rides Win Golden Ticket Awards

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Our favorite theme park recently earned some major recognition! Dollywood cleaned up at Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards, taking home four of the coveted “best of” prizes. The Golden Ticket Awards are a huge honor – essentially the Academy Awards for theme parks. The Golden Tickets are awarded based on surveys given to well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts from all over the world. Read on to learn which Dollywood shows and rides were singled out for the awards. Continue reading

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Longtime Dollywood Performer (and Dolly’s Niece) Heidi Parton to Release Album

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Musical roots run deep in the Parton family tree! This October, Dolly’s niece Heidi Parton will release her very first album. Regular visitors to Dollywood may recognize Heidi from her appearances in the My People show at the theme park. Visit My Smokies has all the details on Heidi’s debut record. Continue reading

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Viral Story from Pigeon Forge: Old Mill Restaurant Manager Helps Hurricane Evacuees

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A heartwarming story from Pigeon Forge, TN is going viral on social media! On Monday, Deanna Feist wrote a post on Facebook about the unexpected kindness the general manager at The Old Mill Restaurant showed her and her husband when their car broke down at the popular eatery. Deanna’s post has since been liked and shared over 33,000 times, attracting the attention of newspapers and TV stations. Read on to hear about the act of generosity that meant so much to these two Hurricane Irma evacuees. Continue reading

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Local Newspaper Reveals Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Traffic in Pigeon Forge

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With over 10 million annual visitors, it’s no surprise that Pigeon Forge, TN sees its fair share of traffic. Fortunately, the Knoxville News Sentinel is here to help! The newspaper recently released a handy guide to avoiding traffic in Pigeon Forge that caught our eye. To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have shared the News Sentinel’s insider knowledge and thrown in some of our own advice for bypassing traffic in the Smokies. Continue reading

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2017 Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage and Forecast

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Fall in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most beautiful times of the year. This is when the air begins to cool off a little and visitors from all across the country come to witness the Smoky Mountains fall foliage transform from deep greens to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. Continue reading

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Smoky Mountains Fall Colors

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Autumn is just around the corner! Here at Visit My Smokies, we can’t wait for the official start of fall in the Smoky Mountains. It is nearly time to break out your favorite sweaters, order an extra glass of your favorite pumpkin-flavored drink, and begin planning your annual trip to see the Smoky Mountains fall colors. Continue reading

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New in Gatlinburg: Savannah Bee Company Brings Gourmet Honey to the Smokies

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If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely want to stop by Savannah Bee Company during your next visit to Gatlinburg, TN! This popular new shop on The Strip is dedicated to gourmet honey, honey-wines, honey-based beauty products, and even more un-bee-lievable items. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Visit My Smokies has put together a convenient guide to everything you need to know about Savannah Bee Company in Gatlinburg. Continue reading

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