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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!

Whether you consider yourself a semi-professional photographer or you are just looking for ways to enhance your family’s photo album, it is always a good idea to learn about how you can take better pictures of the Smoky Mountains. Not only will this help improve your skills as a photographer in general, it will also ensure your vacation photos will be the ones all of your loved ones will be talking about long after the trip is over.

Packing travel bags and suitcases is one of our favorite things about vacation. Think about it – between gathering vacation gear, planning out outfits and getting it all to fit into the bag, it’s like pre-vacation party to get you even for excited about your getaway. With so many great places in the Smokies to explore, we have had a lot of packing practice. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our best Smoky Mountain vacation packing tips along with a packing list.

Throughout the year, road conditions are likely to change due to weather, construction and traffic all across the Smoky Mountain area. We want to keep you up to date on all of the road conditions throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so you and your family can enjoy a stress free vacation without worrying about the roadways.

It has been quite some time since we in East Tennessee saw gas prices drop below the $2 mark. In fact, prices have been hovering around the $2.50 to $3 range for quite some time. However, over the recent weeks, we at Visit My Smokies have seen the price of gas drop dramatically in the Great Smoky Mountains. In fact, as of Friday, January 9, 2015, the average price per gallon of regular gas in Tennessee hits a record low of $1.997 per gallon, according to a recent report from AAA.

“Are we there yet?” Unfortunately, this is a phrase that most parents have heard at least once in the car on their way to the Smoky Mountains. Whether you have thought it yourself or you heard it from one of your kids in the backseat, it is hard to shake the feeling of being bored in a car once it settles in. The trick, however, is to eliminate the possibility of boredom before it even happens.