All You Need to Know About Gatlinburg TN Weather in the Summer

Summertime view of the Smoky Mountains

You can’t beat summertime in Gatlinburg! With the sun shining down on you and the warm breeze blowing through your hair, the temperature will feel perfect. There are so many ways to enjoy the weather, from outdoor adventures to soaking in a swimming pool. To help you plan an amazing vacation, we’ve put together all you need to know about Gatlinburg TN weather in the summer. Continue reading

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This July 4th: Gatlinburg Parade Rings in Independence Day at Midnight

4th of July Midnight Parade in Gatlinburg.

Nowhere else in the United States celebrates Independence Day quite like Gatlinburg, TN! Each year, our Smoky Mountain city rings in the holiday with an incredible parade starting at midnight on July 4th. This annual event typically draws around 80,000 spectators and has been named one of the “Top Ten Parades to See in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. To help you prepare for Independence Day, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Gatlinburg parade on the 4th of July. Continue reading

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The Most Popular Menu Items at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge

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The Old Mill was built in Pigeon Forge in the early 1800s. At one time, it actually produced electricity for the town. Now, it is the hot spot in Pigeon Forge to get some of the best Southern food you’ve ever tasted! It’s grown to be a favorite among both locals and visitors – and for good reason because the food is delicious! Continue reading

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4 Smoky Mountain Black Bear Safety Tips You Need to Know

Black bears are the signature Smoky Mountain wildlife.

Seeing wildlife is one of the best parts about visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is one of the many reasons so many people choose to vacation in the mountains. About 1,600 black bears call the Smoky Mountains home! Spotting a black bear during your visit to the National Park is exciting, so we want to make sure you know the best ways to keep both you and the bears safe. Here are the most important Smoky Mountain black bear safety tips you need to know: Continue reading

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7 Incredibly Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg TN in July

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Summer is the most popular time for visitors to vacation in Gatlinburg, and July is a very busy month for fun. Many events happen annually in July that add excitement to the already fun attractions, restaurants, and shopping. If you are looking for more fun things to do in Gatlinburg TN in July, check out some of these events that are sure to have all guests of Gatlinburg smiling. Continue reading

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Have You Seen the 25-Pound Apple Pie at Dollywood?

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Only at Dollywood will you be able to enjoy 25 pounds of your favorite dessert! Have you heard about the delicious, homemade apple pie at Dollywood, where one slice is big enough to feed the whole family? Next time you’re at Dollywood, make sure to stop by Spotlight Bakery to grab a slice — or buy the whole pie to bring back home with you! At Visit My Smokies, we’ve got your inside scoop on this famous 25-pound apple pie at Dollywood. Continue reading

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Top 10 Rides at Dollywood Theme Park You Have to Try

Flowers arranged in the shape of a butterfly at the entrance to Dollywood.

The award-winning theme park at Dollywood is full of exciting things to do for the whole family. You can go shopping, dine on delicious food and, of course, go on rides. There are so many incredible rides at Dollywood that you’ll want to try them all! In case you don’t have enough time to go on all of them, we’ve come up with the top 10 rides at the Dollywood theme park that you have to try. Continue reading

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Your Guide to the Perfect Summer Trip to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

The Chondola station for Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.

Have you been to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg yet? The unique theme park opened on Sept. 1, 2017, and since then has been providing magical experiences for families. Plan a visit to Anakeesta this summer to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. To help guarantee you have an amazing time, we’ve put together a guide to the perfect summer trip to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg: Continue reading

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8 of the Best Smoky Mountain Trails to Hike in the Summer

Abrams Falls in the Smoky Mountains.

Gorgeous wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, wildlife — you’ll have the opportunity to see all of these things and more when you go hiking in the Smoky Mountains during the summer. Summer is one of the most popular times to explore the Smoky Mountains! You’ll have more than 850 miles of trails to explore, ranging in level of difficulty from easy to difficult. To help you decide where you want to hike, we’ve come up with the 8 best Smoky Mountain trails to hike in the summer: Continue reading

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20 Best Places for a Proposal in the Smoky Mountains

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You’ve found a gorgeous ring, planned a heartfelt speech and now all you have left is to find the perfect location before you get down on one knee. A wedding proposal is one of the most special moments in a couple’s life, which is why it needs to happen in a special place. The Smoky Mountains are home to many romantic spots that provide the right opportunity to pop the question. Check out the 20 best places for a proposal in the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading

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