Where to Find Santa Claus in the Smoky Mountains at Christmas

Santa Claus checking his list.

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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14 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains

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Christmas lasts all December long in the Smoky Mountains. From incredible Christmas displays, to holiday shopping, to endless family-friendly entertainment, there are countless ways to celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. There’s no better place to get into the Christmas spirit and spread the joys of the season than the Smoky Mountains. Visit My Smokies put together a guide of 14 ways to celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains to help you make the most of your vacations. Continue reading

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Business Insider Ranks Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights Among Best in Nation

If you think that your neighbors go all out with their Christmas lights, wait until you visit Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains! As part of the annual Winterfest celebration, the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are decked out with millions of stunning LED light displays. Visitors come from all around the country to see these breathtaking holiday decorations. Continue reading

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Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Reopens for Winter

Photograph of the Clingmans Dome tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Update: The Clingmans Dome observation tower is now open for the winter. The iconic tower has been closed for repairs since August 23, 2017, but cold weather has ended restoration efforts for the season. Vacationers can drive to Clingmans Dome through the end of November, but Clingmans Dome Road will be inaccessible to cars from December 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. However, hikers can still visit the tower throughout the winter. Repair work on Clingmans Dome is expected to resume in the spring. Continue reading

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New Viewfinder Helps Colorblind Visitors Experience the Smoky Mountains

Breathtaking fall foliage near Gatlinburg.

Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. Featuring majestic peaks and picturesque valleys, the Smokies are especially stunning during the autumn months, when the mountains come alive with vivid orange, red, and yellow leaves. Unfortunately, visitors to East Tennessee who suffer from colorblindness have never had the chance to experience the full splendor of the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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The Tennessee Whiskey Trail: 8 Distilleries in the Smoky Mountains

The Doc Collier Moonshine sign in the Smoky Mountains.

The state of Tennessee is world-famous for its whiskey and moonshine. In fact, whiskey is one of Tennessee’s top 10 exports! To help promote our state’s thriving whiskey culture, the Tennessee Distillers Guild recently launched the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Stretching from the Smoky Mountains all the way to Memphis, the whiskey trail includes about 30 distilleries that are open for tours and tastings. Continue reading

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The Tail of the Dragon: The Most Thrilling Drive in the Smoky Mountains

The Tail of the Dragon in the Smoky Mountains.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventure in the Smoky Mountains, it’s hard to beat the Tail of the Dragon! This 11-mile section of U.S. Route 129 has become a hugely popular destination for motorcyclists and sports car drivers. Featuring 318 curves, this winding mountain road is unlike anywhere else in the world. 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 riding the Tail of the Dragon. Continue reading

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8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Smoky Mountain Winterfest 2017 [Plus Winterfest Kickoff Information]

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Winter is one of our favorite seasons! Why? It is the one time of year that combines two of our favorite things: Christmas and the Smoky Mountains! Continue reading

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Historic Cabins in Elkmont Ghost Town Now Open After Restoration

An abandoned cabin in the Elkmont ghost town.

The Elkmont Historic District is one of the most fascinating areas to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains. Before the establishment of the national park, Elkmont had a long history as a pioneer community, then as a logging camp, and finally as a resort town for wealthy vacationers. In recent years, the area’s long-abandoned cabins have made the Elkmont ghost town a popular spot for travelers to explore. Continue reading

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Hit the Trails: Top 4 Smoky Mountain Guided Hikes

Stunning photo of Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

With over 800 miles of scenic trails, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place to go for a hike! If you don’t have much (or any) hiking experience, you may want to consider hitting the trails with a local guide. Continue reading

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