The most visited national park in the nation, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must-see for your summertime vacation. The park is a perfect place to enjoy time with the family, a group of friends, or that special someone. With more than 800 miles of hiking, it’s easy to find plenty to do, but at the same time, it’s easy to get worn out from the hot Smoky Mountain sun.
The Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect place for outdoor family fun. You can hike and bike and watch wild animals in their natural habitats. You can also take your family on a perfect summer picnic! If you’ve never planned a picnic before – or you just need a little extra help — here are 10 tips to help make your next picnic as smooth and enjoyable as possible. But remember, the most important thing is just to be together and have fun! Continue reading
Free summer concert series at Sugarlands Distilling Co
This summer, you’ll find more than locally made moonshine at the Sugarlands Distilling Co. All summer long, new and exciting artists will be bringing their unique sounds to the Sugarlands stage in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Back Porch Concert Series will feature talented artists and bands from across the country, showcasing their toe-tapping Southern sounds. Stop by for a taste of the Appalachian culture, through both music and moonshine. As you listen, sip on a jar of Sugarlands Distilling Company’s moonshine – offered in a variety of delicious flavors.
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Decoding The Escape Game at The Island
At The Island in Pigeon Forge, there are always new things popping up. From restaurants and attractions to mini rides and shops, you’re likely to find something new each time you visit. One of the newer attractions at The Island is an exciting new experience called The Escape Game. Teams of two to eight people will be locked in a room, only escaping when (or IF) they are able to decode the secret messages, uncover clues, and solve a series of puzzles. You only have 60 minutes to try to escape! This hands-on experience is great for friends and families, getting you out of the cabin and outside of your comfort zone.
Many people think of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains and think of honeymoons, weddings, church retreats, and family reunions. But Gatlinburg offers so many attractions, events, shops, restaurants, and outdoor activities, it appeals to a much wider crowd. Getting away with family is great, but sometimes you just need some quality time with your friends. At least for me, it’s gotten harder over the years to get friends together. After graduating from high school and college, many of us moved in different directions, began careers, and started families. Now spread across the country, we usually only get together once or twice a year.
All summer long, Gatlinburg has exciting events and adventures in store for its visitors. But on July 4, things get a lot more fun as you take part in special celebrations you’ll only find in the Smokies. From the first Independence Day Parade in the Nation to the River Raft Regatta, Gatlinburg waves the red, white, and blue in a big way for a Fourth of July to remember!
There’s exciting news in Gatlinburg this summer! For the fifth year, the City of Gatlinburg will be offering a free trolley service to visitors and locals in the area. During the trolley’s peak season, enjoy free rides in designated trolleys that will be stopping at many places along the busy Parkway. Starting at traffic light #1 on the north end of town, the shuttle service will go all the way to traffic light #10 at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stopping at many popular attractions and convenient areas along the way. The trolleys will run from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day from June 13 until August 15.
2015 Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
After a 1,000-plus signature petition, the 10th annual Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is back on in the city of Gatlinburg! The Gatlinburg City Commission had thought to cancel this event for 2015, but its popularity in years past with locals and visitors alike was able to override their decision. And that’s great news if you’re planning to visit the Smokies this summer!
Dad does a lot for you all year long, so now it’s time to celebrate him a little! While we can never repay our dads for all they’ve done in our lives, we can show them some extra appreciation on the one day a year devoted to them – Father’s Day. And what better way to show Dad you love and appreciate him than a trip to a place where the great outdoors is celebrated – Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains. With so many great attractions that dads love, opportunities for outdoor activities, delicious restaurants, breweries, and shops filled with gear for dads of all types – outdoorsmen, techies, movie buffs, music lovers, and athletes – it’s the perfect getaway for a Father’s Day he won’t forget.
Did you know that according to the CDC, nearly 80 percent of adult Americans don’t get the recommended amount of exercise each week? They recommend at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week—a goal you can easily achieve by spending a few hours hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!