10 Signs It’s Time to Take a Summer Vacation to the Smoky Mountains

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During the summer, there is no better place to spend your time than in the Smoky Mountains. From all the amazing things to do to the gorgeous weather, you’re guaranteed to have great vacation! If you’ve been searching for the perfect time to plan your trip, we can help! Here are 10 signs it’s time to take your summer vacation to the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading

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8 Fun Facts About Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg That You Won’t Believe

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Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attract millions of visitors each year. The popular cities are home to incredible attractions like Dollywood, Ober Gatlinburg and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Though so many people come to visit, not everyone knows much about the towns themselves. At Visit My Smokies, we’ve put together a list of 8 fun facts about Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg to learn before you visit: Continue reading

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New This Summer: DRUMLine Marching Band Show at Dollywood

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This summer, visitors to Dollywood will have the chance to see one of the nation’s most in-demand touring musical acts! From now until July 4, 2018, the Pigeon Forge theme park will host DRUMLine Live, a one-of-a-kind marching band show inspired by the popular movie Drumline. The DRUMLine troupe will perform three shows a day at DP’s Celebrity Theater for the duration of their residency at Dollywood. Read on to learn all about what to expect at DRUMLine’s thrilling concerts. Continue reading

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Why You Won’t See Any Recycling Bins at Dollywood

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When you visit Dollywood, you might notice something missing around the park: recycling bins. But don’t worry, this isn’t because Dollywood isn’t green. It’s quite the opposite, actually. Sevier County is home to one of the best composting and recycling programs in the world! Find out why you won’t see recycling bins at Dollywood and more about Sevier County’s composting program: Continue reading

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Ober Gatlinburg Introduces New Attraction: Ice Bumper Cars

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Have you heard about the new attraction at Ober Gatlinburg? The popular theme park has added a new way to have fun on the ice: bumper cars! Visitors can now enjoy sliding around on the ice rink in bumper cars. Visit My Smokies has everything you need to know about the new attraction at Ober Gatlinburg. Continue reading

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Dolly Parton is Getting Her Own Series on Netflix

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We’ve got some exciting news for Dolly Parton fans! Our Smoky Mountain hometown hero is getting her very own series on Netflix. In a recent press release, the Queen of Country announced that her production company is teaming up with Warner Bros. Television to create a collection of films for the streaming giant. Continue reading

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Chief Ranger of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Retires

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During May 2018, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park experienced a big change. Steve Kloster, the chief ranger of the park, retired after serving 35 great years in the National Park Service. At Visit My Smokies, we’re taking the time to share with you more about Kloster’s story and the legacy he is leaving behind. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating its 84th birthday! Can you believe it? This year marks 84 years that our beloved Smoky Mountains have been an established national park! Continue reading

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6 Shocking Secrets of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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It’s no secret that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country! And it’s no surprise why either. With more than 850 miles of hiking trails, 2,900 miles of streams and a wide variety of wildlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Even though the park is so well known, it still has some secrets hidden away that not many people know. Check out these shocking secrets of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 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 27 through Sunday, July 29, 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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