Pigeon Forge Chuckwagon Cookoff Brings Cowboy Cuisine to the Smokies

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One of Pigeon Forge’s most unique events is back for another year of food and fun! In March, our Smoky Mountain city will host the annual Chuckwagon Cookoff, a special culinary competition inspired by the cuisine of the Old West. Guests at the event will have the chance to dine on the same dishes that cowboys enjoyed back in the 1800s. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Pigeon Forge Chuckwagon Cookoff. Continue reading

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5 Incredible Studios and Shops in the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community

Sign for the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is unlike anywhere else in the world! This 8-mile loop located off of the East Parkway is considered America’s largest ground of independent artisans. Visitors to the Arts and Crafts Loop will find about one hundred studios, galleries, and shops that are filled with handcrafted items produced by local artists. If you plan on doing any souvenir hunting during your vacation, this is the place to do it! Continue reading

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Breaks Record Number of Visitors (Again!)

Another Record Breaking Number of Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2017!

According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s latest report, the park had 11,338,894 visitors this year compared to 11,312,785 last year. This year marked an additional 26,109 visitors from 2016. Continue reading

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Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Gets a New Name

A photo of Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge.

The next time you visit Pigeon Forge, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede will have a new name. Continue reading

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The Best Time to Find Snow in Gatlinburg for Your Winter Vacation

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There is something so peaceful about the sight of the Smoky Mountains when they’re glistening with snow. You can make snow angels with your children, build snowmen outside your cabin, go snowboarding – there are so many exciting snow activities! There’s always a chance of catching a glimpse of snow in Gatlinburg when you visit during the winter, but some months are more likely to see snowfall than others. We’ve put together a guide of average snowfall throughout the winter months to help you plan the perfect winter wonderland vacation. Continue reading

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Top 10 Instagram Pictures of the Smoky Mountains for 2017

Top 10 Instagram Pictures of the Smoky Mountains 2017

Our Instagram gained a lot of attention in 2017 and we’re already seeing that continue into 2018! Our Instagram account is filled with photos from all around the Smoky Mountains, from cabin rentals to attractions, restaurants and more. We even share some great information about our favorite hidden gems and ways to save money on your next vacation. Continue reading

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Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Ranked Among “Best Weekend Getaways in Tennessee”

Gatlinburg tucked away in the mountains.

We’re pleased to report that two of our favorite Smoky Mountain cities are getting some positive press! The popular travel website Tripping.com has released its guide to the “8 Best Weekend Getaways in Tennessee,” and the Smokies are well represented on the list. Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were recommended for their fun attractions and breathtaking scenery. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

Happy Birthday Dolly!

The world’s most famous Smoky Mountain native is celebrating her birthday this month! Dolly Parton will turn 72 years old on January 19, 2018 – although she certainly doesn’t look like a typical septuagenarian. While most people tend to slow down as they age, Dolly seems to be doing the opposite. In 2017, Dolly had one of her busiest and most successful years ever. To mark the country star’s birthday, Visit My Smokies has put together a quick recap of some of the biggest moments for Dolly Parton in the past year. Continue reading

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Top Romantic Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start planning a romantic getaway for your sweetheart. What could be better than escaping to the Smoky Mountains and spending a weekend side by side with the one you love? There are so many ways to celebrate your love for one another while you’re here. At Visit My Smokies, we’ve put together a list of some of the most romantic things to do to help you plan the perfect getaway. Check out some of the most romantic things to do in the Smoky Mountains for Valentine’s Day: Continue reading

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Country Star RaeLynn’s Missing Chihuahua “Dolly” Found in Pigeon Forge

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2018 has been a rollercoaster of emotion for country music star RaeLynn! The Voice alum kicked off the year by performing at The Island in Pigeon Forge’s New Year’s Eve celebration, but all of the excitement proved too much for her pet chihuahua, “Dolly.” When fireworks erupted over Pigeon Forge early in the morning on January 1st, the loud noise frightened little Dolly so much that the dog bolted from the singer’s tour bus. Continue reading

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