Top 5 Things to Know About Clingmans Dome in the Smoky Mountains

Clingmans Dome observation tower in the Smoky Mountains.

Clingmans Dome is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Millions of visitors come each year to hike to the top of the observation tower and see the panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains. To help you learn more about Clingmans Dome in the Smoky Mountains, we’ve made a list of the top 5 things you should know about it:Continue Reading

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Black Bear in the Smoky Mountains Goes for a Swim in Cabin’s Hot Tub

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The black bears are still having fun in the Smoky Mountains! This week, a black bear was spotted climbing into a hot tub at a Gatlinburg cabin rental. The bear just wanted to splash around and relax in the warm water! Kevin White caught a few seconds of it on camera, and we have the video for you! Watch the video of the black bear in the Smoky Mountains in a hot tub below:Continue Reading

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5 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains Away from the Crowds

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The Smoky Mountains have always been a place where visitors can escape. That’s still the case today. We want you to know there are plenty of opportunities for fun and relaxation in the Smokies without having to deal with large crowds of people. To help you enjoy the peaceful escape you’re in need of, we’ve made a list of 5 things to do in the Smoky Mountains away from the crowds and tips for staying healthy when you visit:Continue Reading

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All the Details You Need: 2020 Synchronous Elkmont Fireflies Event in the Smoky Mountains

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Fireflies, or lightning bugs, can be found all over the eastern parts of North America, but the Great Smoky Mountains is one destination that attracts thousands of visitors year after year to see the Elkmont fireflies. But why?Continue Reading

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Cades Cove Named One of the Most Beautiful Places in the Country

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We’ve always thought of Cades Cove as one of the most beautiful places in America, and now everyone else does too! On its list of the 45 most beautiful places in the U.S., Country Living gave Cades Cove the title of “America’s Most Beautiful Valley.” Learn more about this recognition and what makes Cades Cove one of the most stunning spots in the country!Continue Reading

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What Makes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so Special?

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the country’s most visited national park, and it continues to shatter visitation records year after year. In 2019 alone, it welcomed 12,547,743 visitors! So, what makes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so special? We’re here to tell you.Continue Reading

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New Attraction in Gatlinburg: Ripley’s Super Fun Zone

Ripley's Super Fun Zone new attraction in Gatlinburg

A brand new attraction in Gatlinburg is opening soon! In March, Ripley’s Super Fun Zone is set to open, bringing new experiences and more fun to Gatlinburg. Visitors will be able to enjoy indoor mini golf, laser tag and more at this 80s-themed attraction. We’ve got all the details on what to expect at Ripley’s Super Fun Zone in Gatlinburg!Continue Reading

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Top 5 Smoky Mountain Waterfalls You Need to See

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There’s no denying that one of the most beautiful sights to see in the Smokies is a waterfall. And there are plenty of waterfalls for you to spot while you’re here! We know it’s impossible to hike to see all the waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during one short vacation, which is why we wanted to help you narrow down your choices. Check out our list of the top 5 Smoky Mountain waterfalls you need to see:Continue Reading

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Ole Smoky Distillery Welcomed Record 4.5 Million Visitors in 2019

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Once again, Ole Smoky Distilleries has welcomed a record number of visitors! In 2019, the 4 Tennessee distilleries saw 4.5 million visitors. This is more than twice as many guests as all of Scotland’s distilleries combined! In 2018, Ole Smoky Distilleries welcomed 4.1 million visitors. Each Ole Smoky distillery in the Smoky Mountains had between 1.1 million and 2.1 million visitors, and Ole Smoky’s newest distillery in Nashville, 6th & Peabody, welcomed over 200,000 since its fall opening. The numbers come as no surprise, because one of the most popular things to do for adults in the Smokies is try some of their famous moonshine! We’ve got all the details on each Ole Smoky distillery and why you should visit during your vacation.Continue Reading

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5 Reasons Smoky Mountain Campgrounds Provide the Perfect Vacation

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When you want to escape from the busyness of everyday life, there’s no better place to visit than the Smoky Mountains! For a relaxing getaway that puts you up close to the natural beauty of the Smokies, come camping. Campgrounds offer the perfect opportunity to unwind without any distractions. Here are 5 reasons Smoky Mountain campgrounds provide the best vacation:Continue Reading

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