6 Hidden Gems in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains

Forney Ridge Trail is one of the hidden gems in Gatlinburg TN.

The Smoky Mountain area is home to some of the most popular things to see and do in the Southeast. Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Cades Cove, and Clingmans Dome frequently top the list of things to do in the region, and deservedly so. However, the Smokies also offer a number of lesser known attractions that can be just as much fun as the big name destinations. We’ve put together a list of six hidden gems in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains that you’ll definitely want to check out on your next vacation. If you’re already familiar with some of these places, you can consider yourself a Smoky Mountain insider! Continue reading

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All You Need to Know About the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

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The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is one of the best ways to take a ride to overlook the beautiful views of Gatlinburg. It’s one of the oldest attractions in Gatlinburg and it was the first chairlift ever built in the Dixieland area. Today, it’s a very popular attraction that hundreds of thousands of people ride each year! Continue reading

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Top 3 Pet Friendly Places in Gatlinburg TN

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When your furry friend jumps in your lap as you’re planning your trip to Gatlinburg, it dawns on you – you don’t want to leave your dog behind when you go on vacation! You start doing research and find that there are many great pet friendly lodging options in the Gatlinburg area. However, before you book your trip, you want to make sure that there are pet friendly places in Gatlinburg TN that you can take your pooch when you aren’t at your cabin or chalet.

One of the best kept secrets in the Smokies is how many amazing pet friendly places in Gatlinburg TN there are. These pet friendly places will allow you and every member of your family to enjoy an amazing vacation in Gatlinburg. Here are a few of these spectacular pet friendly places in Gatlinburg TN for you and your dog to visit: Continue reading

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Record-Breaking Smoky Mountain Coaster Opens in Gatlinburg

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UPDATE: A long-awaited Smoky Mountain coaster is finally open! After a year of construction, the brand new Mountain Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg is up and running. At 3,000 feet tall, this thrilling ride is the highest mountain coaster in the state of Tennessee, and one of the tallest of its kind in the world. Continue reading

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An Inside Look: White Water Rafting in Gatlinburg TN

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We love white water rafting in Gatlinburg TN and we are so excited to share this experience with you! Join us on our Gatlinburg white water rafting adventure by watching the video below! Continue reading

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TripAdvisor Rates Gatlinburg Aquarium Among Top 10 in the U.S.

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Even though Gatlinburg, Tennessee is miles away from the ocean, our Smoky Mountain city is home to some of the most celebrated sea creatures in the country! The popular travel website TripAdvisor recently ranked Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies among the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit My Smokies has the scoop on why the Gatlinburg aquarium deserves this coveted honor. Continue reading

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Rocky Top Wine Trail

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The Rocky Top Wine Trail is a self-guided ‘tour’ of 5 wineries in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Each location offers free wine tastings, so you’ll have the chance to sample over 50 different local wines. At your first stop, just grab your Wine Trail Passport, get it stamped and you’ll be given a souvenir wine glass. Then, once you complete the trail and have stamps from all 5 locations, you’ll receive another souvenir!

The Rocky Top Wine Trail is a great experience for anyone looking to sample local wines while exploring the area. You don’t have to complete the wine trail in one day, so you can stop at the locations as you’re out and about on your vacation.

We took an inside look at the Rocky Top Wine Trail and each of the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg wineries. Continue reading

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5 Reasons Rocky Top Sports World Is Perfect For Your Next Sports Competition

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When it comes to finding the perfect place to host your special event or sports tournament, you probably want more than just your typical venue. You want something that will impress your guests. You want somewhere that has everything you need, even things you didn’t know you needed. That is why we recommend Rocky Top Sports World. Continue reading

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Discover the Breathtaking Blooms of the Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

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With over 1,500 types of flowering plants that grow in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park year round – that’s more than in any other national park in the country! – Southern Appalachia is alive with colorful blooms throughout spring. Continue reading

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9 Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge That Are Perfect for the Entire Family

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As you know, there is nowhere like the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Unlike any other vacation destination in the US, the Great Smoky Mountains are enjoyable no matter what season it may be. With plenty of activities to enjoy year round, there is something for everyone. Take a look at all of these great family friendly and fun things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for your next vacation: Continue reading

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