Top 5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg in June

Cades cove in June

With summer already well underway, we’re putting together our list of things to do in Gatlinburg in June, and we couldn’t be more excited! You’ll find that your favorite attractions and hotspots are getting into the summer spirit. Many businesses and organizations in Gatlinburg offer fun perks during summertime while others dedicate the entire season to staying open a little later or offering some free fun. Continue reading

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Gatlinburg Sky Lift Reopens to the Public

Gatlinburg Sky Lift has reopened

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift officially reopened at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 26 – just in time for Memorial Day weekend! Continue reading

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Try the World’s Most Intense Hot Sauces at Pepper Palace in Gatlinburg TN

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If you’re a fan of spicy foods, you’ll definitely want to visit Pepper Palace during your next vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! This hugely popular shop offers over 2,000 hot sauces as well as salsas, BBQ sauces, wing sauces, mustards, jams, jellies, and many other dips, marinades, and seasonings. Pepper Palace is famous for its free samples and tortilla chips, so you can try before you buy. Continue reading

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Pigeon Forge Celebrates 200th Anniversary of the City’s Iron Forge

Beautiful photo of The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge, TN is celebrating a major anniversary in 2017! Two hundred years ago, an iron forge was built along the banks of the Little Pigeon River where The Old Mill Square stands today. This iron forge became an iconic part of the city and served as the inspiration for the name “Pigeon Forge”. To mark this special occasion, Visit My Smokies did a little research to bring you the history of Pigeon Forge’s iron forge. Continue reading

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History of the Civil War in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN

Reenactment of a battle from the Civil War.

This spring marks the 152nd anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. Although no major battles occurred in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, the war had a profound effect on the residents of Sevier County. Visit My Smokies did a little research to bring you this brief history of the Civil War in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN. Continue reading

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Two New Restaurants in Gatlinburg: Mama’s Chicken Kitchen and J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe

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Two eagerly anticipated new restaurants in Gatlinburg are finally open! Last month, the Mayor of Gatlinburg officially cut the ribbon at Mama’s Chicken Kitchen and J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe. The two restaurants are housed in the same building at 1244 East Parkway, next to Gatlinburg City Hall. Continue reading

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Two Baby Penguins Introduced at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies had some very exciting news to share on World Penguin Day! At the end of April, the Gatlinburg aquarium officially announced the debut of Benny Hill and Falkor, two baby African penguins. Visit My Smokies has all the details on these adorable additions to the Ripley’s Aquarium family. Continue reading

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Sevierville’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival Returns with Ricky Skaggs

A man playing the banjo at a bluegrass festival in Sevierville.

This May, the Smoky Mountains will host some of the nation’s best musicians at the Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival in Sevierville, including the great Ricky Skaggs! The annual event will feature a Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, free bluegrass concerts, arts and crafts, and more. Continue reading

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Where is Pittman Center TN?

Pittman Center TN on a map.

While Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the most famous towns in the Smoky Mountains, there are a number of other East Tennessee communities that are definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the Parkway, we suggest spending some time in Pittman Center TN. Continue reading

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“Missing Link” Along Foothills Parkway to Be Completed After Decades-Long Wait

Beautiful sunrise in the Smoky Mountains viewed from the Foothills Parkway.

A 50-year-long construction project on the Foothills Parkway is finally nearing completion! Located on the edge of the Smoky Mountains, the Foothills Parkway provides some of the most breathtaking views in the nation. Unfortunately, the Parkway has always been missing a crucial 1.5-mile section. Known as the “missing link”, this piece of the Foothills Parkway has proven infuriatingly difficult to bridge and has resulted in 16 miles of the Parkway remaining unfinished. Continue reading

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