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The flowers are blooming, and temperatures are on the rise. Camping season is here, and it's time to slip into your hiking boots and pack the car with sleeping bags, tents and coolers. The Great Smoky Mountains, the mountain range lining the Tennessee and North Carolina Border, are home to America's most visited national park The Great Smoky Mountains for valid reasons. The Smokies are known across the world for the diversity of animals, plants and breathtaking views. If you're headed to the Smokies, whether you're going for

Family hiking and resting on the fenceEven though spring has just begun, families are looking for exciting and enjoyable summer vacation ideas. Why not plan to spend a week for a Smoky Mountains family vacation in East Tennessee near the most visited National Park. You can enjoy nature, have a great time at one of several water parks, enjoy the mountain culture and shop to your heart’s content in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  If you are thinking of what an ideal Smoky Mountains Family Vacation would be like we have a plan to include everything.

You may want to visit one of the three Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor centers for information and maps the Spring 2013 operating hours are are open daily and the  Sugarlands Visitor Center, near Gatlinburg, TN, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Cades Cove Visitor Center, near Townsend, TN, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, NC, will be open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Some of the facilities and secondary roads of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park close for the winter season as precautionary for inclement weather and

Imagine viewing majestic displays of The Great Smoky Mountains while cuddling on the couch in your pajamas before a roaring fire, or sipping hot cocoa on a rustic porch in the cool of evening surrounded by wooded serenity. When renting a cabin in the Smokies for your next getaway, these scenarios are a part of your trip. Cabins allow your lodging to be an integral part of your experience. Most cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains are equipped with fully functional kitchens, hot tubs and rustic charm not available

The area surrounding The Great Smoky Mountain National Park  is the ideal location for conventions, business meetings, and expositions. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville not only provide some excellent convention centers for such functions, but they also provide plenty of lodging, food, and attractions for guests. Nothing compares to staying in one of the local log cabins, with their breathtaking views of the mountains. When not at their event, guests can enjoy a dinner show, outdoor adventure, or visit the area’s unique shops. Gatlinburg has two amazing convention centers.

The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee offers visitors a wide range of outdoor activities with a backdrop of spectacular views. The Great Smoky National Park draws vacationing families from around the country. Camping is a popular activity in the area. Campers will find a range of amenities and campground options to suit their needs. Gatlinburg Camping Many people who come to Gatlinburg utilize the campgrounds that are directly in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The park offers a number of frontcountry sites that you can drive to, with picnic

Gatlinburg Tennessee weather averages run the gamut and is at some point comfortable to almost any climatic preference from a nippy 35 degrees in January to a warm 73 in July along with substantial rainfall throughout the year. Gatlinburg, Tennessee is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. While its hallmark location is the natural majesty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most visited national park in the United States), it is also home to one-of-a-kind shows, carnivals, and Dollywood, the theme park owned by country music

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee give an unforgettable majestic setting for a wonderful vacation. Tennessee Smoky Mountains are one of the most popular places for a mountain vacation in the United States. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the country with over nine million visitors every year. There are many fun activities to enjoy in the area including backpacking, camping, hiking, fishing and horseback riding. The major cities around the Smoky Mountains include Sevierville, Piegeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Each of the Smoky cities

For most of us, taking a vacation means traveling in a car or a plane to reach our destination. A plane usually gets you there faster, while a car trip usually costs less and lets you enjoy the scenery. There is another option that involves taking your vehicle and your home at the same time – that’s right, an RV.

Usually when I travel, I stay in a hotel. And that’s probably true for most travelers. But when I can, I like to find a bed and breakfast for a different perspective of the area. Lots of times, a B&B is an old farmhouse, or historic building, with a more intimate feel and a chance to get to know the owners and the other visitors. We’ve got several in Sevier County, and this time, we’re going to look at the Blue Mountain Mist Bed and Breakfast and Cottages.