5 Ways to Avoid Crowds in the Smokies
a bicyclist riding in Cades Cove

Want to avoid crowds and get away from it all? The Great Smoky Mountains is perfect for doing just that. The Smokies are the place to enjoy the quiet of the mountains, a secluded cabin, walks in the woods, wildlife, fishing, or a peaceful kayak/canoe trip. This is where you can take a hike, find […]

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Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains is a glorious experience, filled with color, cool nights and so much to do! Fall begins here with the Harvest Festival – a 9-week-long event that includes the transformation of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville into a quaint fall wonderland. This year, there will be life-size 3-D Scarecrow people […]

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Fall Foliage in the Smokies
Sunset in Gatlinburg in the Fall

The kids are back in school and the weather is about to cool down ever so slightly.  With a hint of fall in the air, many are already wondering when the leaves change in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.  If you want to know when you’ll see fall foliage in the Smokies, and where you […]

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7 Unique Places To Eat Ice Cream and Treats in The Smokies
scooping ice-cream

You scream! I scream! We all scream for ice cream! It’s summer in the Smokies and a great way to beat the heat is with a delicious cold treat. And not just any treat – Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have some truly fun shops with unique ice cream creations and sweet snacks. Mad Dog’s […]

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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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