Alex Stokes’ Gatlinburg Comedy Tours: The Most Fun Way to See the City

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If you’re looking for a fun way to explore The Strip, you can’t beat Alex Stokes’ Gatlinburg Comedy Tours! As a native of Sevier County and a nationally touring standup comedian, Stokes is uniquely qualified to show visitors all of the best spots in downtown Gatlinburg, TN. Offering the perfect mix of insider knowledge and humor, this awesome tour will have you laughing all the way down the Parkway. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Gatlinburg Comedy Tours. Continue reading

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Massive Network of Moonshiner Tunnels Discovered Under the Smoky Mountains

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This morning, the National Park Service confirmed the existence of an elaborate network of moonshiner tunnels in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to a press release from park officials, the miles-long subterranean passageways, which are believed to have been used by bootleggers, were uncovered early last week. We have summarized the National Park Service’s official announcement below. Continue reading

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“Missing Link” Along Foothills Parkway Completed After Decades-Long Wait

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A 50-year-long construction project on the Foothills Parkway is finally completed! Located on the edge of the Smoky Mountains, the Foothills Parkway provides some of the most breathtaking views in the nation. Unfortunately, the Parkway has always been missing a crucial 1.5-mile section. Known as the “missing link,” this piece of the Foothills Parkway has proven infuriatingly difficult to bridge and has resulted in 16 miles of the Parkway remaining unfinished. Continue reading

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Dolly Parton to Release Soundtrack Album for New Movie “Dumplin’”

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Our favorite Smoky Mountain singer has lots of fresh music on the way! Dolly Parton will release a new album on November 30, 2018 made up of songs appearing in the upcoming movie Dumplin’. For the Dumplin’ soundtrack, Dolly teamed up with some of the biggest names in music, including Miranda Lambert, Sia, Macy Gray, Alison Krauss, Mavis Staples, Elle King, and Rhonda Vincent. Read on to learn everything we know about the new movie and Dolly’s new music. Continue reading

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Smoky Mountains Ranked Among Top 10 Affordable Travel Spots by Lonely Planet

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We’re excited to report that the Great Smoky Mountains are the recipient of a major honor. Lonely Planet, the popular travel guidebook publisher, recently released its list of Best Value destinations for 2019, and the Smokies made the grade! On their website, Lonely Planet touted the following ten travel spots as “places made for affordable adventures:” Continue reading

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Award-Winning D&S Distilling Co. to Open Tasting Room in Sevierville

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A brand new distillery is officially setting up shop in the Smoky Mountains! We’re excited to report that D&S Distilling Co. is expected to open a tasting room in Sevierville, TN in November 2018. Serving hand-crafted cocktails, the eagerly anticipated bar will showcase the critically acclaimed spirits produced by the master distillers at D&S. Continue reading

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Bladesmith from Pigeon Forge Shop Appears on History Channel’s “Knife or Death”

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One of Pigeon Forge’s most talented artisans recently appeared on the hit show Knife or Death! Dave Martin of Iron Mountain Metal Craft, a blacksmith shop located near The Old Mill, was a contestant on the History Channel’s popular metalworking and blade-wielding competition. In the October 17th episode “Enter the Yatagan,” Martin competed alongside the nation’s best bladesmiths and martial artists for the chance to advance to the series finale. Continue reading

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Dolly’s Niece “Jada Star” and Dollywood Performer “Barry J” Release Their Debut Album

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Dollywood is quickly becoming a mini-Nashville when it comes to developing musical talent! Rising stars Carly Pearce and Heidi Parton both got her start singing at Dollywood, and now a brand new music duo from the Pigeon Forge theme park is making a splash on the country scene. This October, Jada Anderson and Barry Jobe, two of Dollywood’s most talented performers, released their debut album, “Long Way Home.” Continue reading

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Indoor “Drive-In” Movie Theater Coming to Pigeon Forge

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Pigeon Forge is getting its own drive-in theater! Talk of bringing a new indoor “drive-in” theater to the Smoky Mountains has everyone excited, and we are happy to share the news that plans are moving forward! Get all the details on what we know about the much-buzzed-about August Moon Drive-In. Continue reading

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Black Bear Steals Bagged Lunch from Truck in Gatlinburg [Video Included!]

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If you need a reminder of why you should always lock your car doors, we have just the video! Last week, a construction site in Gatlinburg was visited by a hungry black bear who decided to help himself to whatever goodies he could find inside one of the crew member’s trucks. The entire incident was captured on video and has since become a viral sensation on the internet. Continue reading

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