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    So many people love the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding areas, and one of the most beloved towns is Gatlinburg TN! With plenty of fun activities to choose from and beautiful mountain views, it’s hard not to fall in love with this mountain town! Keep reading to find out if Gatlinburg TN has your heart:

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    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Shatters Visitation Records in 2021

    In 2021, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw its busiest year to date, with 14,137,812 visits! This is more than 1.5 million visits over the record set in 2019. The visitation number exceeds the number of visitors in 2020 by more than 2 million. Not only was the overall record broken, but park officials said a total of 8 monthly visitation records were broken in January through June, and November and December. During the winter months of December through February, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had 600,000 more visits than the 10-year average for this time, and during the spring months of March through May, the park had 1.2 million more visits than the 10-year average for this time. In the last decade, acting park superintendent, Alan Sumeriski, said park visitation has increased by 57%!
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    The Smoky Mountains are a great place to visit all year round! Each season brings something special to the Smokies, from fun spring events to gorgeous fall foliage. While you’re in town, we don’t want the weather to get in your way of having a fun vacation! That’s why we’ve created a guide to how to handle any Smoky Mountains weather that may happen throughout the different seasons.

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    There isn’t anything more special than a family vacation. While you are out having fun, you will want to take plenty of pictures so you can show all your loved ones back home and cherish the memories forever. Luckily, there are numerous places in the Smokies that make for the perfect scenic backdrop for a group picture. Here are 6 of the best places to take family photos in the Smoky Mountains:

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    The Apple Barn in Sevierville is one of the most popular places to visit in the area! People come from all over to browse through the old-fashioned general store, grab a bite to eat at the restaurants, and sip some apple wine at the winery! Even if you’ve visited The Apple Barn Village, you may not know much about the history of this entertainment complex. Keep reading to learn more about the fascinating history of The Apple Barn in Sevierville:

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    Have you ever been camping in the Smoky Mountains? If not, there is a new camping, or should we say “glamping,” opportunity now open in Sevierville! Smoky Hollow Outdoor Resort just opened this past November and is changing the way people think of modern day camping. Here is everything you need to know about the experience and how the owners are putting a whole new twist on Smoky Mountain camping:

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    You can never go wrong with choosing to stay in a Gatlinburg cabin, but there’s one cabin amenity that will take your stay to the next level: an indoor pool. Indoor pools make any stay better — adding entertainment, helping you cut costs and giving you privacy. We list a great selection of cabins with indoor pools, so you’ll have no trouble finding one for your Smoky Mountain vacation. To help you learn more, we’ve made a list of 7 things you’ll love about Gatlinburg cabins with an indoor pool:

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    The Smokies are beautiful all year round, but there is something magical about the mountains in the wintertime! Once snow begins to fall and coat the peaks of the Smokies, it looks like something right out of a postcard. This is also a great time of year to enjoy some camping! While it may be cold, you’ll never forget the experience! Here is your ultimate guide to winter camping in the Smoky Mountains:

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    Are we the only ones who thought this past year flew by? Because everything happened so fast, you may have forgotten all the incredible things that happened in the Smokies. From new attractions and restaurants, to expansions of popular attractions, we experienced it all in 2021. To help jog your memory from the past year and to make sure you didn’t miss out on any of the excitement, we’ve made a list of the top 6 things you forgot happened in the Smoky Mountains in 2021!

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    In 2022, Sevierville is welcoming a brand new attraction: SkyLand Ranch. This entertainment venue will be the first of its kind in Sevierville! A $40 million project, SkyLand Ranch will offer live entertainment, animals, gorgeous views, a chairlift and more. We have all the details about this Sevierville attraction that’s coming soon!

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