NOW Open in the Smokies — NEW Attractions for 2022

Fan of trying new things? Love unique experiences? Nestled in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, Tennessee, are loads of brand-new attractions, additions to favorite places, shops with one-of-a-kind goods, eateries with fresh flavors, and new cabins with awesome amenities and views. Plan YOUR next memorable stay in the Smokies and check out what’s NEW! Here’s what you’re missing. NEW Attractions Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer staple attractions, restaurants, and activities that have stood the test of time. At the top of many vacationers’ must-do lists are skiing at Ober Gatlinburg, exploring underseas at Ripley’s

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YOUR Bachelorette Bash in the Smokies

bachelorette-party-smokies-featured Family vacations are probably the first thing that come to mind when you think of the Smokies – probably not a bachelorette party. But Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, are home to dozens of bars, attractions, shops, shows, restaurants, and opportunities for outdoor fun – all perfect for a bachelorette bash in the Smokies. If your group loves to stay active, spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Want to pamper the bride-to-be? Fill the weekend with massages, shopping, and winery tours. Feel like letting loose a bit? Check out the bars and live music in downtown

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Lumina Enchanted Night Walk at Anakeesta — First in the Nation!

lumina-anakeesta-feature Talk about magic in the Great Smoky Mountains! Anakeesta — a family-friendly, award-winning adventure park with fun attractions, mountaintop shops, Southern eateries, and seasonal events in the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee — is expanding with Lumina Enchanted Night Walks in fall 2022. As the first Lumina Night Walk in the United States, Astra Lumina will be a one-of-a-kind immersive experience YOU won’t want to miss at Anakeesta! The Lumina Enchanted Night Walk Experience Created by Moment Factory, a multimedia entertainment studio based in Canada, Lumina Enchanted Night Walks are brilliant light displays filled with movement, sound, and sparkling imagination. Walking

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Downtown Gatlinburg: Fun after the sun sets over the Smokies

gatlinburg-nightlife-feature While Gatlinburg is often known for being a family-friendly destination, it’s also home to a surprising number of nighttime hotspots. There are plenty of stops where you can drink and jam out to live music while enjoying delicious food. You can hit up an even livelier scene with a DJ if you feel like dancing! Sip on beer while playing bar games like darts or shooting some pool with friends before heading back to your Gatlinburg cabin and turning in for the night. From award-winning breweries to lively music and delicious eats, you are in for a good time in

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11 Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Gatlinburg

gatlinburg-outdoor-dining-feature.jpg Looking for a place to eat with great food and outdoor seating in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? Our insider’s guide features top Gatlinburg restaurants with outdoor seating — boasting a variety of Appalachian, Mexican, Cajun, American, and Southern entrees plus craft beer, local wine, moonshine, and spirits. Plus, many Gatlinburg eateries offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Most outdoor dining can be found along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, and there are some outdoor eateries near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and inside the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in The Glades as well. You can even create your own

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Top 5 Gatlinburg Outfitters for Outdoor Adventures in the Smokies

gatlinburg-outfitters-feature Ah, you finally made it to the Great Smoky Mountains! Fresh mountain air beckons you to breathe easy, and breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, rivers, and trees amaze. Ready to create lasting memories with friends and family in the great outdoors of the Smokies? You could go hiking, horseback riding, ziplining, whitewater rafting, skiing, mountain biking, picnicking, camping, or fly fishing. Before setting off on your outdoor adventure, stock up on supplies, gear, and healthy snacks at Gatlinburg outfitters. Many Smoky Mountain outfitters offer guide services as well. You can chat with locals to find the best picnic spot

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YOUR Art Galleries Guide to Gatlinburg

Art Gallery Guide to Gatlinburg Gazing at a captivating piece of art can open the soul to a myriad of emotions and a sense of wonder and curiosity. In the historic Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, artworks come in all forms, from mixed media and oil paintings to sculptures and handmade trinkets. When traveling to the area, consider visiting a Gatlinburg art gallery for a unique perspective on mountain life.  Home to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts plus the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, there are many local artists and craftsmen to meet and view their beautiful works of art — inspired

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Tips, Gear & Top Hiking Trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee are scenic, serene, and exciting - brimming with opportunities for outdoor fun. Hiking is among those outdoor favorites, and with waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife, and stunning mountain views, a hike in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an incredibly rewarding experience.  But because of sometimes unpredictable weather, stirring wildlife, and the nuances of the landscape, it's important that hikers of all skill levels be prepared. We have 8 simple DOs and DON'Ts to help make your hiking experience in the Smokies one to remember - in all the best ways. Then

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4 Scenic Day Hikes in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Quite a national treasure to behold, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers 800+ square miles and is a haven for wildlife of all shapes and sizes — from powerful black bears to shy salamanders. Along scenic hiking trails, you can find mountaintop vistas, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls, and remnants of ancient homesteads. The most visited national park in the United States, this mountainous escape is only minutes from your peaceful cabin rental in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Notably, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers 800+ miles of hiking trails; some are mild and great for children while others are extreme

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Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

An annual trout tournament known nationwide, the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is the largest trout tournament in the Smokies! Each year, this annual fishing tournament stocks local streams with thousands of fish, welcoming visitors, adults, children, and tourists to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes!  More than 10,000 trout are stocked in 20+ miles of cool streams in the Great Smoky Mountains for the 2-day event, ensuring some great fishing opportunities over the weekend. Fishers of all ages can compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, including fishing equipment, trophies, gear, and more.  Smoky Mountain

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