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Kid-Friendly Destinations In The Smokies

Penguins at the aquarium.If you're going to be vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee this year, there's a good chance you might have some pint-sized passengers tagging along for the trip. Whether it's your kids or the grandkids, you may have had travel experiences in the past that were challenging when it came to finding activities the young ones enjoyed.


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Bicycle-Friendly Places In The Great Smoky Mountains

Bike in Cades Cove, TNIf you're like the late great Freddie Mercury and just want to ride your bi-cy-cle, you might want to consider bringing your favorite two-wheeler along with you on your next trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Biking is a fantastic way to see the sights of the Smokies while also enjoying the fresh air and immersing yourself in the beauty of our region. Like walking does, bicycling allows you to see things you might not otherwise notice behind the wheel of a car.


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Get Fired Up For Spring With Some Smoky Mountain Barbecue

Something great to eat.Some foods and drinks just go with certain seasons. Hot cider and eggnog are winter beverages, and nothing says fall like a holiday turkey. So what's the quintessential food of summertime? If you've ever spent much time in the Great Smoky Mountains, you'll know that the answer is barbecue, and next time you come to the Smokies for a visit, you definitely need to make a point of sampling some for yourself.


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Visit Townsend, Tennessee, For A Change Of Pace

Roadside attraction in Townsend.More than 10 million people come to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee each year. During peak seasons like summer and October, that's a lot of folks making their through, in and around the communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. For many vacationers, it's the recipe for a vibrant, fun-filled adventure in the Smokies.


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Guided Tours Offer A Personal Way To Experience The Smokies

When most folks visit the Smokies, they usually serve as their own guides, visiting all kinds of attractions and other points of interest but usually relying only on their own eyes and ears to interpret and enjoy the destination or activity. However, guided tours are an often-overlooked means of experiencing the Smokies, giving guests unique insights and behind-the-scenes explorations of some of the area's most interesting places and sites.


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Ski Season Is Here!

Snow tubing at Ober GatlinburgThe months of January and February are generally considered the off season here in the Great Smoky Mountains. But for the folks who work and play up at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, the next two months are peak season for winter fun! The cold weather that comes on the heels of winter means the conditions are ideal for all the fun that this long-time Gatlinburg attraction has to offer.


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How To Have A Great Day Without Leaving Your Cabin

A cabin in the mountains.If you plan to stay in a Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rental in the next few months, you've picked a great time of year to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. There's something about fall and winter in the Smokies that gives the area its own special appeal and sense of beauty, and with overall visitation down during the off season, it's actually a good time to come and enjoy the many shops, restaurants and attractions while they're more easily accessible.


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5 Cool Places Within A 15-Minute Drive

Tour the Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge.One of the great things about staying in one of our Smoky Mountain cabins is that you really do get the best of both worlds. On one hand, our properties benefit from remote locations that enjoy great views, usually of the mountains. Our peaceful, quiet settings allow our guests to get away from the hassles of everyday life and enjoy the reverie of being surrounded by the wonders of nature and all its natural beauty. With few visible neighbors, you'll really get the sense that you have a little corner of the Smokies all to yourself.


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4 Reasons Why Fall Is A Great Time To Stay In A Rental Cabin

Smoky mountain fallAny time of year that you visit the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is a great time to stay in a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Wears Valley. But we have to admit that autumn may be one of the best seasons to do so. Here's just a few reasons why.


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Five Great Fall-Break Hikes In The Smokies

Walking up to Clingmans DomeA lot of schools are already getting their fall breaks, and when you also consider the fact that the turning colors are making the Smoky Mountains more beautiful than ever, you can see why fall is one of the most popular times of year to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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Harvest Festival Happenings

Craft fair at Robert Tino.It's officially fall in almost every respect. The calendar says so, football season says so, and now that the daytime highs have dropped from the 90s to the 70s and the leaves are starting to turn and fall, nature says so as well.


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5 Best Things To Do In The Fall In The Smokies

Hike the trails.The summer-long heat wave is finally, stubbornly, starting to break its grip on the Smokies, even though fall officially arrives this week. But it's not too early to start planning your next weekend or weeklong trip to the Great Smoky Mountains this fall. It's one of the best times of years to visit, and when you do, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do that will maximize your experience of being in the Smokies in autumn.


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The Great Smoky Mountains Of Tennessee Are Runner-Friendly

Not everybody is into running. You know – the kind of running you do when you're not being chased by a lunatic or a wild animal. But for those who enjoy the activity, running is more than just a form of recreation and exercise; it's a way of life.


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The Smokies Turn Into A Custom-Car Paradise This Fall

One of the sure signs of the arrival of fall each year in the Great Smoky Mountains (other than the cooling temperatures and changing leaves) is the sudden sighting of all sorts of unique vehicles on the streets of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Whether they're driving vintage automobiles or classic muscle cars of yesterday, folks from all over the country bring their four-wheeled babies to the Smokies to participate in the many custom-auto shows that take place this time of year. For participants, it's a great way to commiserate with fellow car enthusiasts, while for other visitors, these shows are one more way to enjoy all that this area has to offer in the way of special events.


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The 5 Best Times to Visit The Great Smoky Mountains

Each year, some 10 million people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and an even higher number spend some amount of time in the neighboring communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. That's because in addition to the beauty and unspoiled nature of the national park, the outlying areas offer travelers so many options for having a little bit of vacation fun – from theaters and attractions to shops and restaurants.


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