If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains, you know that flavorful food is a big deal. Between the pancake houses, chocolate shops, Southern-style restaurants, and quick bites, you can’t go a single block or make a full circle without finding something to nibble, savor, or scarf down. From chain restaurants to local cafes, the cuisines span the globe to offer something delicious for every taste.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge become winter wonderlands in November and December, and they become even more bustling with festive, family-friendly events for the holidays. If you’re planning a holiday getaway with family or friends, you’ll find there is plenty to do during winter in the Smokies!
You know the songs: “Thunder Rolls,” “She’s Everything,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” and “I Cross My Heart.” You know the artists: Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, and George Strait. But what (or who) you probably don’t know are the songwriters behind these top country hits — names like Pat Alger, Tony Arata, and Kent Blazy.
What is the most popular thing to do when driving long distance (or any distance for that matter)? Perhaps it’s chatting with friends or listening to informative podcasts…but most people simply enjoy a good song. When bobbing your head to the beat, tapping your fingers to the rhythm, or singing at the top of your lungs, it’s easy to get lost in the music and forget about the words.
Okay, we will admit it: all the touristy attractions that have sprung up around the Gatlinburg area are pretty stinkin’ fun, like shooting zombies at Outbreak: Dread the Undead, trying to break out at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, or playing blacklight mini-golf and laser tag at the LazerPort Fun Center. But you did not come all the way to the beautiful Smoky Mountains only for the tourist stops, especially when there is such a rich culture steeped in the old American way of life in heart of downtown Gatlinburg!
Barbecue cooking in the back yard, cool summer breezes passing by, refreshing iced tea in hand…the 4th of July is a classic American holiday typically spent at home with family and friends. But what if you took things up a notch? What if you brought your loved ones and Independence Day traditions to the Great Smoky Mountains? Attend the 1st Independence Day parade in the nation, witness the Gatlinburg fireworks finale, check out local attractions, shop for souvenirs in town, and grill holiday dishes at your private cabin with a stunning mountain view! Start planning today and make this 4th of July one to remember — in the Smokies. Continue reading
One of the reasons the Great Smoky Mountains National Park continues to be the most visited park in the United States is the variety of wildlife you will see when you visit. Home to 65 species of mammals, more than 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 reptiles and amphibians, the Great Smoky Mountains have more wildlife than you will ever be able to see in one visit alone.
Avoid the mistakes of last-minute planning by preparing your summer vacation early! To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of Smoky Mountain summer events for 2018. While a trip to the Smokies is certainly a year-round option, it’s always nice to visit when special festivities are taking place. From lively celebrations and entertaining parades to fun-loving fairs and fantastic festivals, make this summer the best one yet — in the Smokies. Plus, from June 16 – August 15 (prime summertime), you can ride the Parkway Trolley daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. for FREE! If that floats your boat, you’ll really like what else is in store for the Smoky Mountain summer. Continue reading
As the scent of fresh wildflowers permeates the crisp mountain air, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park readies to host the 68th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage (2018), a seasonal event aimed at spreading knowledge of the natural area. From April 24-28, learn everything there is to know about the flora and fauna of the Smokies with over 150 available programs. Featuring professionally guided tours through the national park, the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage gives people a chance to learn from the best, and what better way to learn about nature than to take a walk in it!
Rev your engines for one of the most anticipated events of the spring: the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run! From 1930s Coupes and 1940s Fords to 1950s Chevys and 1960s Camaros, this incredible car show will have you itching to ride — and that’s just the start. With multiple vendors at the ready, spice up your own hot rod by snapping up difficult-to-find parts and sought-after accessories. Plus, you can take home souvenir tees for the whole family! So, what are you waiting for?! Grab your keys and hit the road to attend one of the biggest car shows in the nation from April 19 – 21, 2018 (Thursday – Saturday) at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.