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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.

The Smoky Mountain area is one of the most popular vacation destinations, and for good reason! With so much to see and do in the area, we know it can be overwhelming to plan your first trip here. That’s where we come in. We’ve created a helpful guide for first-time visitors to guarantee you have the best time and want to return year after year. Here are 6 tips for first-time visitors to the Smoky Mountains:

When you book a vacation rental with a kitchen, you probably plan on preparing some of your meals while you’re in town! You’ll need to know where you can go to pick up these supplies, and there are plenty of Gatlinburg grocery stores and Pigeon Forge grocery stores where you’ll find everything you need! Check out this list of grocery stores in the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville:

A mandatory mask order in Sevier County went into effect on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The mask requirement came after the county saw a rise in the number of coronavirus cases. The original order lasted through August 3, 2020 before being extended monthly since then. The most recent executive order extended the mask requirement through April 15, 2021. On April 13, Sevier County officials announced the mask mandate will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. As of August 5, 2021, masks are required indoors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here is more information on the mask requirement in Sevier County TN:

Fall Vacations for many bring to mind the thoughts of amazing views of the brightly colored changing leaves and the fall foliage that the season brings. If this is what you are thinking of, the Great Smoky Mountains is a great choice for your fall vacation destination. The mountain terrain is a perfect showcase backdrop whether you chose to stay in a cabin overlooking the peaks of the mountains or if you are on main parkway nestled in the foothills. Here is everything you need to know about seeing the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains:

Tucked away in Cosby, Tennessee is a place you won’t regret visiting on your vacation: Carver’s Orchard & Applehouse Restaurant. The orchard sits on 75 acres and has over 40,000 trees and more than 120 varieties of apples. This hidden gem allows visitors to enjoy an apple orchard, a restaurant and a country store. We’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about Carver’s Apple Orchard!

Fall in the Smoky Mountains is a magical time of year. The leaves have begun to change colors, the weather is beginning to cool off, and the days are becoming just a little bit shorter. That being said, autumn in the Smoky Mountains does not come without a few secrets hidden behind the brightly colored foliage.

When it comes to fall in the Smokies, the question on everyone’s mind is always about where they can find the best view of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage. Now, if you have ever visited the Smoky Mountains this time of year, then you already know about all the great scenic overlooks and attractions that offer incredible views of the fall leaves. However, one place you may not have visited is the peaceful Wears Valley.

This time of year there is always one question on visitors minds, “Where is the best place to see the fall leaves?” At Visit My Smokies, we have already told you about many of the great fall Smoky Mountain hiking trails that offer incredible views of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage. However, for guests wanting to experience the beauty of fall in the Smoky Mountains from the comfort of their car, here is a breakdown of all of our favorite Smoky Mountain fall drives near Wears Valley.