Smoky Mountain Black Bear Dines on Pizza at Downtown Gatlinburg Restaurant

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Bears like pizza too — at least the one who stopped by a downtown Gatlinburg restaurant for a bite to eat did! On Aug. 5, a black bear climbed onto the patio of Howard’s Steakhouse, surprising both customers and employees. Visit My Smokies has all your info on the Smoky Mountain black bear encounter and what to do if you see a bear in Gatlinburg: Continue reading

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Top 8 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains for Animal Lovers

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Animal lovers are sure to have a great time in the Smoky Mountains! Whether you’re strolling through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or visiting an attraction, there is plenty of opportunities to see, and even interact with, some of your favorite animals. To guarantee you make the most of your time on vacation, we’ve put together a list of the top 8 things to do in the Smoky Mountains for animal lovers: Continue reading

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All the Details: New Wildwood Grove Expansion at Dollywood

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On Aug. 3, our Smoky Mountain hometown hero returned to make a big announcement about Dollywood’s expansion plans for 2019! Dolly Parton took the stage at the Celebrity Theater in the park to make what Dollywood called its “biggest announcement ever.” Here are all the details we have so far about the Wildwood Grove expansion: Continue reading

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Dollywood Harvest Festival 2018

A spider jack-o'-lantern at Dollywood.

The fall season is just around the corner. Cooler temperatures will soon be making their way into the Smoky Mountains, and before you know it, the leaves will be turning to bright reds, yellows, and oranges. The arrival of autumn also means that the Dollywood theme park will be hosting its annual fall celebration! To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have put together a guide to six things you didn’t know about the Dollywod Harvest Festival 2018.  Continue reading

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6 Exciting Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in September You Don’t Want to Miss

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September is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains! Not only is this when the weather starts to cool off and fade into fall, there are also a variety of fun and exciting things to do in the Smoky Mountains in September that you and your family are sure to love. Continue reading

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The Island in Pigeon Forge Named 6th Best Amusement Park in Nation

The Ole Smoky Barn at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

TripAdvisor released its lists for the top amusement and water parks around the country and the world, and The Island in Pigeon Forge made the cut! The Island came in spot 6 in the 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Amusement Parks in the United States and spot 9 for Top 10 Amusement Parks in the World. Visit My Smokies has the inside scoop on the awards and The Island in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know: Oktoberfest in Gatlinburg

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Join us this year to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Smokies! There’s no better place than the Great Smoky Mountains to enjoy an authentic German meal with friends and family.
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Everything You Need to Know About the National Quartet Convention 2018

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Great news! The National Quartet Convention is returning to Pigeon Forge for another exciting year of fun and adventure. Promising to be better and bigger than ever before, this year’s event is sure to be one that you and your family or group will remember for years to come. Continue reading

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The Ultimate Guide to Cades Cove Throughout the Seasons

Scenic road in Cades Cove that visitors can enjoy on a Smoky Mountain vacation.

Cades Cove is picture-perfect all year long. No matter what time you visit, you are guaranteed to see breathtaking scenery. Each season brings its own beauty to the area, from snow-covered trees in the winter to wildflowers in the spring. To help you decide what time to plan your visit to Cades Cove, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to Cades Cove throughout the seasons. Continue reading

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Tennessee Mountain Home: Take a Look Inside Dolly Parton’s Childhood Home

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Long before she was a country music legend, Dolly Parton was growing up in a small, 1-bedroom log cabin in Sevierville, TN. She and her family members didn’t have much, but they didn’t need much other than each other. Dolly’s Smoky Mountain home holds a special place in her heart, so special that she has a replica of the home in Dollywood for visitors to see! Visit My Smokies has all the info on Dolly Parton’s childhood home and how you can take a look inside: Continue reading

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