Baby Bear Breaks into Car in Gatlinburg [Video Included!]

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Locking your car door is always a good precaution because you never know who might want to get into your vehicle. A few weeks ago in Gatlinburg, an East Tennessee couple learned this lesson all too well when a black bear cub let himself into their car! The entire incident was filmed on a smartphone and the resulting video has been shared thousands of times on social media and on local news stations. Visit My Smokies has all the details (and all the footage) from this crazy encounter. Continue reading

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4 Things NOT to Do in Cades Cove

4 Things NOT to do in Cades Cove.

Cades Cove is the most popular destination in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it’s not hard to see why! Over 2 million visitors come to Cades Cove each year to enjoy the valley’s breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife, and well-preserved historic buildings. While we have already shared a step-by-step guide to everything to do in Cades Cove, it recently occurred to us that we have never told our readers what to avoid doing during their visit. So, without further ado, here are four things you should definitely NOT do in Cades Cove. 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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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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18 Attractions in the Smoky Mountains to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

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With the new year approaching, it’s time to start thinking how you want to spend it. It’s the perfect time to make a bucket list of new adventures for you and your loved ones to try to make sure you have the best year yet. At Visit My Smokies, we’ve put together a list of some of the most best attractions in the Smoky Mountains, from thrilling rides to delicious restaurants, that you’ll want to try in the new year. Here are 18 amazing attractions in the Smoky Mountains to add to your 2018 bucket list. Continue reading

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4 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Easy to Accomplish When You Visit The Smoky Mountains

A beautiful photo taken from an overlook on Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We all try to come up with the perfect New Year’s resolution to help us accomplish a specific goal and improve our lives in the new year. Sometimes sticking with your resolution can be hard, but visiting the Smoky Mountains makes it simple! At Visit My Smokies, we’ve made a list of some common New Year’s resolutions and things to do in the Smoky Mountains that will make sticking with your resolution easy! Continue reading

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Rogue Elk Wanders from the Smoky Mountains to South Carolina

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Although they were once native to the state, elk haven’t roamed free in South Carolina for nearly 300 years. That is, until Clark came along. About a year ago, a bull elk from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park made headlines when he crossed into South Carolina and started visiting local neighborhoods. Eventually, the rogue elk, known as Clark, was captured by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and relocated to Charles Towne Landing, a nature center in Charleston. Continue reading

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First Checkers Drive-In Opens in the Smoky Mountains

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Burger fans will be excited to hear about the newest restaurant in the Smoky Mountains! Last month, a Checkers Drive-In opened in Kodak, TN at Lee’s Food Mart. Named the “Best Drive-Thru in America” by QSR Magazine, Checkers has cultivated a loyal following at its 800+ restaurants across the United States. The recently opened Checkers in Kodak is currently the only franchise location in all of East Tennessee. 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 new Checkers in Kodak TN. Continue reading

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Smoky Mountains Ranked Among “Most Driver Friendly Destinations for Road Trips”

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If the open road is calling to you, we have the perfect destination in mind! The Drive, a popular website dedicated to all things automotive, recently published a handy guide to “The Most Driver Friendly States for Road Trips”. We’re pleased to report that Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains in particular, were praised in the article. Continue reading

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Where to Find Santa Claus in the Smoky Mountains at Christmas

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Here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus lane! Santa Claus made his way from the North Pole all the way to the Smoky Mountains this Christmas. At Visit My Smokies, we know the holidays wouldn’t be the same without Jolly Old Saint Nicholas spreading Christmas cheer and giving presents to all the good boys and girls. That’s why we’ve put together a list of places where you can find Santa Claus in the Smoky Mountains at Christmas. Continue reading

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