Dollywood’s Showcase of Stars to Return With Biggest Names in Entertainment

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As part of Dollywood’s 30th Anniversary season, they’re bringing back the Showcase of Stars! For the first time since 2003, some of the biggest names in entertainment will hit the stage at Dollywood’s Celebrity Theatre! Continue reading

What to Expect When You Visit Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge

For months, visitors and locals have been keeping a close eye on Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Said to open sometime by the end of April 2015, we’ve all been patiently awaiting the opening date announcement and details about the new restaurant! Continue reading

Movie Theater Torn Down to Make Way for New Sevierville Shopping Center

Bulldozer at the site of the old movie theater

If you’ve been a regular visitor to the Smoky Mountain area over the years, you’ll remember the old movie theater on Winfield Dunn Parkway (also known as Highway 66). A visit to Reel Theaters on the Parkway was a common stop for locals and visitors who were looking for fun things to do in Sevierville.

The old movie theater has now been cleared away to make room for a new development in the area. Continue reading

7 Basic Facts About the Smoky Mountains That Might Surprise You

Black and white photo of an old homestead on the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains have a history, but do you know it’s a history that dates back nearly 300 million years? How many of these interesting facts about the Smoky Mountains have you heard before? Take a look: Continue reading

The Ultimate List of Smoky Mountain Vacation Packing Tips

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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. Continue reading

What You Need to Know: Current Road Conditions in the Smoky Mountains

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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. Continue reading

Discover the Breathtaking Blooms of the Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

Yellow Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

With over 1,500 types of flowering plants that grow in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park year round – that’s more than in any other national park in the country! – Southern Appalachia is alive with colorful blooms throughout spring. Continue reading

Woman Fighting for Life Hopes to Meet Dolly Parton

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For one special East Tennessee woman, having the chance to meet Dolly Parton means more than simply ‘getting to meet a celebrity.’ For Carolyn Basler, Dolly Parton is playing a huge part in her recovery process–and they’ve never met. Continue reading

Polar Bears to Be Introduced to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016

Closeup of a polar bear in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We are excited to report that 5,000 polar bears will be introduced into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park beginning in 2016! The National Park Service released a press release this morning detailing a five year plan to transplant polar bears from the Arctic Circle to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Continue reading

9 Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge That Are Perfect for the Entire Family

Aerial view of Gatlinburg TN in the spring

As you know, there is nowhere like the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Unlike any other vacation destination in the US, the Great Smoky Mountains are enjoyable no matter what season it may be. With plenty of activities to enjoy year round, there is something for everyone. Take a look at all of these great family friendly things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for your next vacation: Continue reading