Cades Cove Named One of the Most Beautiful Places in the Country

Cades Cove at sunset

We’ve always thought of Cades Cove as one of the most beautiful places in America, and now everyone else does too! On its list of the 45 most beautiful places in the U.S., Country Living gave Cades Cove the title of “America’s Most Beautiful Valley.” Learn more about this recognition and what makes Cades Cove one of the most stunning spots in the country!Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

What Makes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so Special?

view of the smoky mountains from Clingmans Dome

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the country’s most visited national park, and it continues to shatter visitation records year after year. In 2019 alone, it welcomed 12,547,743 visitors! So, what makes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so special? We’re here to tell you.Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

New Attraction in Gatlinburg: Ripley’s Super Fun Zone

Ripley's Super Fun Zone new attraction in Gatlinburg

A brand new attraction in Gatlinburg is opening soon! In March, Ripley’s Super Fun Zone is set to open, bringing new experiences and more fun to Gatlinburg. Visitors will be able to enjoy indoor mini golf, laser tag and more at this 80s-themed attraction. We’ve got all the details on what to expect at Ripley’s Super Fun Zone in Gatlinburg!Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

Top 5 Smoky Mountain Waterfalls You Need to See

laurel falls in the great smoky mountains national park

There’s no denying that one of the most beautiful sights to see in the Smokies is a waterfall. And there are plenty of waterfalls for you to spot while you’re here! We know it’s impossible to hike to see all the waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during one short vacation, which is why we wanted to help you narrow down your choices. Check out our list of the top 5 Smoky Mountain waterfalls you need to see:Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

Ole Smoky Distillery Welcomed Record 4.5 Million Visitors in 2019

Ole Smoky Holler in Gatlinburg

Once again, Ole Smoky Distilleries has welcomed a record number of visitors! In 2019, the 4 Tennessee distilleries saw 4.5 million visitors. This is more than twice as many guests as all of Scotland’s distilleries combined! In 2018, Ole Smoky Distilleries welcomed 4.1 million visitors. Each Ole Smoky distillery in the Smoky Mountains had between 1.1 million and 2.1 million visitors, and Ole Smoky’s newest distillery in Nashville, 6th & Peabody, welcomed over 200,000 since its fall opening. The numbers come as no surprise, because one of the most popular things to do for adults in the Smokies is try some of their famous moonshine! We’ve got all the details on each Ole Smoky distillery and why you should visit during your vacation.Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

5 Reasons Smoky Mountain Campgrounds Provide the Perfect Vacation

view of the Smoky Mountains

When you want to escape from the busyness of everyday life, there’s no better place to visit than the Smoky Mountains! For a relaxing getaway that puts you up close to the natural beauty of the Smokies, come camping. Campgrounds offer the perfect opportunity to unwind without any distractions. Here are 5 reasons Smoky Mountain campgrounds provide the best vacation:Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Breaks Record Number of Visitors (Again!)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Breaks Visitation Record 2019

Another Record Breaking Number of Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2019!

According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s official news release, the park saw a record-breaking number of 12,547,743 visitors in 2019. This is 1,126,540 more visitors than in 2018! All 3 of the park’s primary entrances near Gatlinburg, Townsend and Cherokee all had an increased use. According to the release, secondary park entrances saw tremendous growth as well. This was mainly because of the new section of the Foothills Parkway. More than 1 million visitors experienced this scenic drive in 2019. This is the fifth year in a row the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has seen a record number of visitors!Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

7 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains for Large Groups

The Ole Smoky Barn at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

The Smoky Mountain area is the best destination for a big group vacation! Whether you’re planning a church retreat, family reunion or a wedding, you’ll all have a great time in the Smokies. We want to help guarantee you have the best time during your trip, so we’ve made a list of 7 things to do in the Smoky Mountains for large groups!Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

Top Tips for Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Winter

winter in the great smoky mountains national park

While summer and fall are two of the most popular seasons to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area has something to offer during all four seasons! Winter is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains and see gorgeous views, like snow-capped mountains and frozen waterfalls, and be able to explore the park without huge crowds. For help planning your trip, we’ve gathered some useful tips for visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the winter.Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account

Alternatives to Cades Cove This Winter: Top 6 Places to Explore in the Smoky Mountains

mount leconte from foothills parkway

This winter season, the only road to get to Cades Cove is closed to all traffic through Feb. 29 for repairs to Bote Mountain Tunnel. Although you can still hike to Cades Cove, it’s at least a 14-mile roundtrip hike to the Cades Cove Loop Road from any of the boundary trailheads. That’s why we’re giving you some alternatives to Cades Cove to visit this winter! Take the time to explore other beautiful areas in the park. Here are 6 places to explore in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while Cades Cove is closed:Continue Reading

Close

Line Login Icon

Sign Up

Already have a login ? Login

Close
Login

Please login to your account.

Close
Create Your Account