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    The Smokies are a spectacular place to take a walk on the wild side! Hundreds of area hiking trails serve up adventurous experiences full of special sights you don’t want to miss. But, have you ever off-roaded on the wild side of the Smokies? A new attraction coming to Pigeon Forge offers guests the opportunity to bike or ride all-terrain vehicles through the great outdoors! WildSide, a Pigeon Forge adventure park scheduled to open July 29, 2024, will feature both mountain biking trails and utility task vehicle (UTV) trails! Here is everything you need to know about WildSide:

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    When planning a vacation, it can be ideal to visit areas that offer fun and free attractions, as the money you can save along the way can make your getaway much more affordable than it might be otherwise. Fortunately, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the top free attractions in the United States, having just been recognized by USA today on their list of the best free attractions in the country. Read on to learn more about why Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received this recognition and more free things to do in the area:

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    Whether for a romantic date, a family outing, or an outdoor adventure with friends, you’ll find a number of scenic picnic areas in the Smoky Mountains to take a break and relax in between hikes and exploring the national park. Keep reading to learn more about the top spots as well as some helpful tips for planning the ultimate outing!

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    The Smoky Mountains are a natural paradise full of opportunities to connect with nature, discover incredible sights, and lots more, which is why it is so important that the park is accessible to everyone! Beginning in 2023, Great Smoky Mountains National Park started offering adaptive ranger-led programs that allow people with disabilities to make the most of the amazing opportunities at the park and experience for themselves what makes the area so special. And now, the National Park Services is expanding these accessible ranger-led programs so that everyone can enjoy some of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains, regardless of disability status. Read on to find out more about the expanded ranger-led adaptive programs here in the Smokies:

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    Don’t let the heat prevent you from exploring the Smokies this summer! While temperatures in the area can get a bit toasty, summer is one of the best times to immerse yourself in the spectacular natural scenery of the Smokies. If you have plans to go on a Smoky Mountain hike, there are a number of trips and tricks you can follow to ensure you have a memorable experience and don’t overheat. Here are 5 ways to keep cool this summer on a Smoky Mountain hike:

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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.

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    Need help planning your Smoky Mountain vacation? If you’re looking for fun and unique things to do during your vacation, you can’t go wrong with visiting one or more of the Ripley’s attractions in the area! There are a total of 8 Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, and we’ve put together this guide to help you decide which ones you won’t want to miss!

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    Anakeesta has a brand new festival to help you celebrate summer and the spirit of America! Anakeesta’s United Tastes of America lets you explore different regions of the country with food, drinks, and live entertainment. To help you prepare for your visit, we’ve put together this guide of everything you need to know about the United Tastes of America festival at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg. 

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    If you are looking for flexible vacation accommodations that can hold plenty of different types of gatherings and getaways, large cabins in Gatlinburg are excellent choices. These cabins have anywhere from 5 bedrooms to 20 bedrooms, allowing you to host large groups comfortably. No matter what type of group getaway you are looking to plan, there are perfect large cabins in Gatlinburg for you. Let’s explore some of the types of getaways you can have at these large cabins in Gatlinburg:

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    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.

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    Independence Day is just around the corner, and the Great Smoky Mountains are gearing up for some fun celebrations! Read on to learn everything you need to know about all of the amazing July 4th events in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

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    Has it been a while since you last visited the Smokies? Or perhaps it’s your first time visiting and you’re interested in some attractions different from the ones you’ve already heard about? We have all the details about the new attractions in the area that you don’t want to miss! From off-road adventures to family-friendly experiences and everything in between, there’s a whole lot you should know about when planning your getaway. Here are 8 new attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg you have to experience:

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    Do you want to make the most of the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains by taking a camping trip and immersing yourself and your family in nature? Are you also interested in taking a luxurious vacation with resort-style services and amenities that allow your family to relax in comfort? Fortunately, there is a type of accommodation here in the Smoky Mountains that brings you the best of both worlds! Glamping, or “glamorous camping” has grown increasingly popular among those looking to enjoy time in nature while also benefiting from luxurious amenities. If you want to find out about some of the top reasons to go glamping in the Smoky Mountains with your family, simply read on:

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    If there’s one type of cuisine you absolutely have to try in the Smokies, it’s got to be the BBQ! The area has a long history of smoking delicious meats full of mouth-watering flavors sure to put a smile on your face. BBQ joints across Pigeon Forge put the “smoke” in the Smoky Mountains with a range of dishes including ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more, served alongside your favorite sides! Here are the top 5 restaurants for BBQ in Pigeon Forge:

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    One of the biggest perks of staying in one of our cabins in the Smoky Mountains is all the quality time you get to spend having fun with your family! It really makes cabins the top lodging option over other choices such as hotels. After all, family vacation should be about all the memories you create together! Make the most of your escape by enjoying these family activities in our cabins in the Smoky Mountains:

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