The Smoky Mountains on almost any given night are going to give visitors to the area a beautiful sky gazing opportunity. The picturesque nature of the area allows for such sights to be taken in and enjoyed. On a few special nights of the year the sky becomes excessively clear and is perfect for star gazing activities. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society (SMAS) hosts events called Star Parties, which are open to any and all who are interested in taking part in absorbing the beautiful mountain night sky.
The Smoky Mountain region carries with it a rich heritage and culture. Likewise, the communities around the Smokies have helped establish the rustic, down-home atmosphere and mountain culture that hold strong throughout the region. Pigeon Forge is one such community, and with the upcoming Heritage Day event at the city’s Old Mill landmark, this is one area that is showcasing some of the culture that has helped to make the Smokies such a unique place!
Do you or someone in your family have a love for cars? To be more specific, do you or that family member enjoy lusting over classic cars from the past? If this is the case, and you or your family happen to be planning a vacation to Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains, then you might think of planning it around the beginning of September. This will ensure that your vacation coincides with the famous Shades of the Past Rod Run, an annual car show event in Pigeon Forge. 2011 marks the 29th edition of this much-loved event.
With the heat of summer upon us, it’s hard to imagine that fall is right around the corner. Autumn is one of the most popular times to visit Gatlinburg, with the changing of the leaves coloring the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The cooler air welcomes guests and families as they explore the Gatlinburg Parkway and venture into the fall foliage at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re ringing in the season of fall in Gatlinburg, you won’t want to miss the Taste of Autumn event on September 15th!
Have you ever wondered what the Gatlinburg area was like before the shops, stores and restaurants came to be? In the early years, the area was filled with eager settlers yearning to build their homes and businesses from the ground up. Prominent people and their families such as E.E. Maples, Wiley Oakley, Radford Gatlin and settled throughout the town, documenting their day-to-day life on home video. At the Vintage Views Film Premiere on August 27th, you can catch a glimpse of these early settlers through their donated home movie clips.
Picture this scenario…you and your family are on your Smoky Mountain vacation, the summer is nearing an end, and the kids are excited and ready to get back to school. You are already familiar with the areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and know that they offer some of the best shopping around. Now imagine this…a tax-free, back to school shopping extravaganza! An ever popular weekend at the area’s malls and outlets, Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday will be August 5th – 7th, 2011. You and your family can enjoy a tax-free holiday on your vacation, saving valuable money on clothing, school supplies and computers.
Are you ready to speed up the fun on your summer Gatlinburg vacation? This year’s Gatlinburg event calendar is filled with exciting raft races, river runs and other fun activities for you and your family to participate in – or perhaps just spectate! Gatlinburg attractions are also speeding up the excitement with go-kart tracks, fun rides and more. So if you and your family have a need for speed during your Gatlinburg cabin vacation, check out these family-friendly and fun events!
Memorial Day is celebrated to commemorate fallen United States soldiers who have lost their lives during the wars of our nation’s time. While ceremonies and tributes mark the holiday, Memorial Day has also become the date that marks the beginning of the sunny summer season. Cookouts, barbecues and family gatherings are common on Memorial Day weekend, a celebration of family, friends and the beginning of vacation season. If you’re celebrating Memorial Day in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you’re in for a special treat!
Spring is finally upon us. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the Smoky Mountains are as beautiful as ever. While most of our spring breakers have already come and gone, there’s still plenty to do in Gatlinburg during the month of May. It’s a great time to come to Gatlinburg because it’s just before the big summer crowds and the hot summer heat arrive. Plus, there are lots of fun activities to keep you entertained.
Commonly confused with Mexican Independence Day, Cinco De Mayo has been celebrated in the United States since the early 1940’s. The holiday marks the day that Mexico was able to overtake the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 and is now celebrated in honor of Mexican heritage and pride. Each year, thousands of Mexicans and Americans flock to local festivals, gatherings and parties, decorating themselves in the colors of the Mexican flag and celebrating with friends and loved ones. For years, Gatlinburg, Tennessee has been one of a handful of bustling cities with no organized Cinco De Mayo celebration, but this year Gatlinburg is going all out!