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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Which Smoky Mountains Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving?

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Will you be spending Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains? Get a jumpstart on your holiday meal planning today by deciding which of the many excellent Smoky Mountain restaurants open on Thanksgiving you and your family will want to visit. Here, you will find the name, address, phone number, and holiday hours of all the best Smoky Mountains restaurants that will be open this Thanksgiving. Continue reading

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2017 Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage and Forecast

Fall colors in Cades Cove.

Fall in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most beautiful times of the year. This is when the air begins to cool off a little and visitors from all across the country come to witness the Smoky Mountains fall foliage transform from deep greens to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. Continue reading

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Smoky Mountains Fall Colors

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Autumn is just around the corner! Here at Visit My Smokies, we can’t wait for the official start of fall in the Smoky Mountains. It is nearly time to break out your favorite sweaters, order an extra glass of your favorite pumpkin-flavored drink, and begin planning your annual trip to see the Smoky Mountains fall colors. Continue reading

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2017 Dollywood Festival Schedule Announced

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Every year, Dollywood features an exciting variety of festivals, with delicious foods from all over the world and even new shows throughout the season. In this article, you’ll find the inside scoop about the Dollywood festival schedule and what to expect at each event. Continue reading

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Smoky Mountain Bear Steals Dog Food From Porch [Video Included!]

Black bear on the porch of a cabin.

When Josh White woke up last Thursday at his home in the Smoky Mountains, he heard a lot of commotion coming from his back porch. Initially, White assumed that his dog, whose name is “Bear”, was responsible for all of the noise. It turned out, however, that Bear was being framed, and the actual culprit was….a bear! Continue reading

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