Bear Safety in the Smoky Mountains
black bear cub and mama bear, cades cove

Seeing a black bear on your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains is a bucket list experience for many.  With more than 1600 black bears in our area, your chances of seeing one are pretty high!  While it’s always exciting to see a black bear in the Smoky Mountains, everyone wants to be safe while […]

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Handicap Accessible Cabins in the Smoky Mountains
handicap accessible cabins in the smoky mountains

The Smoky Mountains and American Patriot Getaways cabins have many options that are “handicap friendly.” This means properties are typically homes with a level parking spot, have no more than one step required for entry, utilize a 3-foot or greater entry door, and include an entry level bedroom and bathroom. The adventures are sites from […]

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Cool Off This Summer in the Smokies
Cool off this summer in the Smokies

When the weather heats up, there are plenty of ways to cool off in Tennessee and The Great Smoky Mountains. There are swimming holes for splashing; rivers to wade in and laze about, kayak, canoe, fish or raft; cool caves to explore; and a giant water park for even more adventures. Local Swimming Holes Great […]

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What to do in Gatlinburg for Fourth of July
child on a man's shoulders watching fireworks

Celebrating America’s Declaration of Independence – our birthday – will be extra sweet this year now that we can travel again. What better place to celebrate America the Beautiful than in the majestic Smoky Mountains? Whether you are a local or in town for a summer visit, there are plenty of ways and places to […]

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The Best Hiking Trails at Cades Cove
The Best Cades Cove Hiking Trails

Cades Cove is a broad, lush, green valley surrounded by mountains that is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, visitors find some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. White-tailed deer are frequently seen, and black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animal […]

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Caves to Explore in the Great Smoky Mountains
Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville, TN

Looking for something cool to do this summer when it’s hot out? Try a little cave exploring or spelunking – Tennessee has some wonderful and interesting caves – more than 8,350 caves! Forbidden Caverns In Sevierville, check out Forbidden Caverns, where visitors are entertained and educated. Walk past sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, several grottos […]

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The Best Mexican Restaurants in the Smokies
Mexican Feast Served Family Style

Viva la comida Mexicana! Craving authentic tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas and more? There are several Mexican restaurants in the towns of the Great Smoky Mountains offering some of the best Mexican dishes. Locals love these places and with Taco Tuesday and then Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday, what better time to get out for some […]

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Choosing Between Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg
Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg

Wondering which town you should visit – Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg ?  We’ve got your guide to which town might be better for you.  Get the most out of your time visiting the Smokies when you read our guide deciding between Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.   The Food One thing visitors to the Smokies can count […]

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The Best Go Kart Tracks in Pigeon Forge
NASCAR Speedpark Go Karts

Vroom vroom! Ready to race?  Hop in a Go Kart! There are lots of options for this fast-paced adventure developed in the 1950s for pre-teens with little pocket money! Let’s check out some of our favorite Go-Kart racing spots in the area! The Track The Track Family Fun Park has it all.  From go carts, to […]

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