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Did you know that nearly 90% of Americans have a cell phone? That is over 282.5 million people! If these people are anything like us, they are attached to their cell phones. We are constantly texting, Tweeting, checking in, liking, emailing, and everything else you can imagine that you can do on a cell phone. It is almost as if our entire world lives in this small hand-held device. However, what is all this connectivity doing to our Smoky Mountain vacation experience?

family laughing and playing outdoorsWouldn’t planning a Smoky Mountain vacation be a whole lot easier if you had a better idea of which lodging option suited you best? Take this quick quiz to find the perfect vacation rental to fit your personality, so you can have the best stay possible.


Ray of sunlight shining down on the Smoky Mountains at dawnVacation planning can be quite stressful. From trying to plan out the perfect activities to finding the best place to stay, there are so many little details that it is easy for families and vacationers to feel lost in the planning process. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Empty parking lot with trees in the backgroundWhen you visit the Smoky Mountains, the last thing you should be worrying about is racking up hundreds of dollars worth of parking fees. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about having all of those parking costs when you use our strategies for saving money on parking in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:

Woman sitting on her suitcase stressedNo one likes the feeling of being stressed out, especially when you are planning or taking a vacation. To help ensure that visitors to the area enjoy a relaxing Smoky Mountain vacation, we at Visit My Smokies have put together a list of the top three ways vacationers can guarantee a stress-free vacation.

Ray of sunlight shining down on the Smoky Mountains at dawnThe Smoky Mountains are by far one of the most exciting places for families and groups to spend time together. To help families see why over 9 million visitors choose the Smoky Mountains each year, we at Visit My Smokies have put together a list of the top three reasons your family should pick the Smoky Mountains for your next vacation destination, and if you think there is a reason we missed be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Smoky Mountains covered in snow in the winterHappy New Year! Are you and your family ready to start planning your first Smoky Mountain vacation of the year? Visit My Smokies has compiled a list of the top three things to do in the Smoky Mountains in January to help make sure your first family vacation of the new year is as memorable as possible.

Road in the Smoky Mountains in the fallWe’ve all driven on it. You would know what it is as soon as you saw it. Commonly referred to by locals and visitors alike, The Spur is the road that connects travelers from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg, and vice versa. It is the road that cuts through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is lined with vibrant trees and a beautiful mountain stream. But the question remains, how did this popular roadway earn it’s name?

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, etc.Are you spending Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg this year? It’s time to start making your Thanksgiving Day plans! We want to make sure your family has a wonderful time when you visit the Smoky Mountains, so we’ve put together a list of the restaurants and attractions that are open on Thanksgiving Day. Each of the restaurants offers carry out options, in case you want to pick it up and take it back to your Smoky Mountain cabin. Keep checking back for updates, and SHARE this list with your friends, so everyone can plan their trip to experience Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!