Summertime at Dollywood means fun for all ages, with new, exciting rides, carnival games and prizes, attractions for smaller kids, and more! The Drop Line, a 20-story free fall, is now open, as well as the FireChaser Express – the first dual-launch family coaster in the nation! Want more heart-pounding rides? Adventure seekers will love the Barnstormer, Blazing Fury, Lightning Rod, Mystery Mine, Tennessee Tornado, Thunderhead, and Wild Eagle. Kids can check out the NEW Whistle Punk Chaser junior coaster, located in Timber Canyon. If you’re traveling with younger kids, be sure to stop by Country Fair. Rides like Amazing Flying Elephants, Busy Bees, Demolition Derby, Lemon Twist, Lucky Ducky, and Piggy Parade will please little ones!
Outdoor Fun in the Smokies
Soaring mountain vistas, dipping valleys, fields of wildflowers, families of playful (from a distance!) black bears, the largest diversity of salamanders in the world, beautiful trees and flowering bushes, bright blue skies, and quiet mountain streams are just a few of the natural features that make the Great Smoky Mountains great. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park – one of the most popular reasons to visit the area – is the most visited national park in the country. Millions of people make the trip to the Smokies each year, finding tons of opportunities for outdoor fun – even beyond the national park.
If you’ve ever been to the Smoky Mountains in fall, you know why it’s one of the most popular times to visit. Warm days with cool mountain breezes and nights that are crisp and cool. Gorgeous fall colors on the leaves. Delicious seasonal foods and drinks. Inviting fires in cozy cabins. Fun fall events. Beautiful days for hikes in the national park. If you haven’t been to the Smokies in fall, you don’t want to miss this time of year.
Gatlinburg is a vacation go-to for many reasons. Wineries, distilleries, charming wedding chapels, and cozy cabins make it perfect for romantic getaways, honeymoons, and wedding weekends. Large group lodges, a variety of restaurants, and places like Rocky Top Sports World, the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and the community centers in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg provide amenities for retreats, reunions, tournaments, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the most visited national park in the U.S. – for horseback riding, fishing, biking, and hiking on the 800+ miles of trails found there.
40 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer in Gatlinburg
Summer in Tennessee is hot and humid, with lots of sunny days for outdoor fun. But when it gets a little too warm and you want a break from the heat, you’ll want some great ways to cool off this summer. Thankfully, Gatlinburg has plenty of great options for cooling off, from indoor attractions and community pools to private indoor pools at cabins and arcades. If you need a few ideas for staying cool on your summer getaway to the Smokies, read on. We have plenty of great cool-as-a-cucumber picks! Continue reading
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have their staples. Attractions, restaurants, activities that have stood the test of time and are at the top of many vacationers’ must-do lists. Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg. Exploring underseas at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Breakfast at the Pancake Pantry. Outdoor fun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shows at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Old-time photos and airbrush t-shirts. Creamy fudge and fresh-pulled taffy. The annual Great Smoky Arts & Crafts shows. Fun days at Dollywood. Dinner shows on the Parkway. All come to mind when we think of the Smoky Mountains.
One of the most popular drives in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, a six-mile paved road that gives visitors a chance to view 100-year-old cabins, barns, and homesteads in the Smokies. One of these homesteads—the Noah “Bud” Ogle Place—consists of a cabin, barn, and tub mill built by a mountain farmer named Noah “Bud” Ogle (1863¬–1913) in the late 19th century. His tub mill continues to grind, using water from the LeConte Creek. It is one of only a few left in existence.
If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains, you probably have your favorite things. From restaurants and attractions to desserts and picnic spots, there are plenty of things to love about the area. There are many things I love about the Smokies, but I have my favorites, too – with maybe a dessert (or two or three) on the list. Whether you’re looking for something new to try, need some ideas for a surprise trip for someone, or just want to see if someone else loves your favorites in the Smokies just as much, read on.
Jam-packed with family-friendly attractions, breweries and distilleries, fudge and candy shops, old-time photo studios, local wineries, museums, live music, outdoor activities, and an impressive calendar of events, the welcoming towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains are the vacation go-tos for millions of people each year. With so much to do, even a full week here isn’t enough time to fit it all in.
When I think about a beach vacation, there are certain things that come to mind. Laying out and listening to music all day, riding go karts, eating ice cream, hunting for seashells, getting dressed up for a seafood dinner, fruity drinks, boogie boards…you get the idea. For a winter ski getaway, I think zipping down the slopes, drinking hot cocoa in the lodge, curling up in front of the fire, and bundling up in cute scarves and boots. A Gatlinburg vacation is no different.