Read All About It: Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

View of the mountains in the winter

On your vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s always great to stop in at a visitor center to learn a little bit about the area and pick up a few souvenirs. A very popular visitor center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Sugarlands Visitor Center, and there’s good reason for that! There’s so much to do at Sugarlands, it’s practically an attraction in itself. Keep reading to learn about it: Continue reading

Pigeon Forge Go Kart Attraction Makes National Top 10 List

Go karts lined up ready to race

A Pigeon Forge go kart attraction has been recognized on a national Top 10 List by USA Today. Continue reading

4 Unique Ways to See the Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights

Smoky Mountain Christmas vacation

When it comes to holiday decorations, nowhere does it quite as well as the Smoky Mountains. With hundreds of illuminated displays scattered all across the area, there is no doubt that every family and group visiting this time of year will return home filled with holiday cheer. Continue reading

These 2 Brand New Stores at Tanger Outlet Mall Will Make You Want to Shop in Sevierville This Holiday Season

Woman shopping for holiday season

If you’ve visited the Sevierville area, chances are you’ve spent some time at the Tanger Outlet mall. Just in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Tanger Outlets is set to roll out with 2 brand new stores! Continue reading

Step-by-Step Guide to the Most Popular Spots Along Newfound Gap Road

Newfound Gap Road with green trees around it

Whether you’re coming from the North Carolina or Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains, you will be traveling along Newfound Gap Road.  If you start at Sugarlands Visitor Center in Gatlinburg, you can take a beautiful drive along the Newfound Gap Road auto tour, through the mountains to Cherokee, North Carolina. Continue reading

BYUtv Takes Viewers on ‘American Ride’ Through Downtown Gatlinburg

History in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Recently, downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosted a special guest. Stan Ellsworth from BYUtv’s show, ‘American Ride,’ recently took his views on a unique tour through our area. Continue reading

Coming Soon: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Preservation Center

Smoky Mountain artifacts in the new preservation facility

If you love the Smoky Mountains and the rich history and culture that lives there, then you are in for a real treat. On November 14, 2014, officials with the National Park Service broke ground on a brand new Great Smoky Mountains National Park Heritage Center. Continue reading

4 Secret Places to Go Fishing in Wears Valley

places to go fishing in Wears Valley

Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the few places in the country where visitors can enjoy fly-fishing all year long? That’s right. Where in other parts of the country the water gets too cold or icy to have an enjoyable fishing experience, in the Smokies, Wears Valley in particular, anglers can enjoy a relaxing day well into the heart of the winter season. Continue reading

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Announces 2014 Open Date

girl playing in snow at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

Calling all snowbirds! Our beloved Gatlinburg ski resort has recently announced an opening day for this year’s winter season.

That’s right! In just a few short weeks, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort will once again be open for families and visitors to enjoy another thrilling year of snow tubing and skiing in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

How to Predict the Temperature When Winter Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

couple winter hiking in the Smoky Moutnains

How cold is too cold? When planning a winter hike in the Smoky Mountains, the most important questions everyone asks is, “what will the temperatures be like?”

The last thing you want when hiking in cooler weather is to learn that you did not wear enough layers to keep yourself warm. Not to mention, being uncomfortable or cold during your hike can take away from your ability to appreciate the natural beauty of the area this time of year. Continue reading