Top 10 Reasons To Visit The Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove in the Smoky MountainsWhether you're a first-time visitor staying in a Gatlinburg cabin rental or a long-time fan of the mountains of East Tennessee, you don't have to think hard to come up with a list of reasons to make the trip. In fact, we could probably come up with a hundred or more, but just in case you need just a little more convincing, here are the remaining most popular reasons people cite for heading to the Smokies.


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Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass: The Perfect Long Weekend

In Concerts At Bloomin Bbq Bluegrass FesitvalThe perfect long weekend: Good food, beautiful scenery, and good music followed by late Southern breakfasts, and maybe even a hike or a little shopping to burn off the biscuits. If that sounds like your idea of fun, make plans to be part of the festivities at Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass occurring annually on Friday and Saturday of the 3rd weekend in May in beautiful Sevierville, Tennessee. Each year nearly 37,000 people converge in this historic valley for two days of music, food, crafts and fun. Sevierville is nestled at the foot of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains and offers stunning views with a hometown feel. The Southeast Tourism Society has voted this family-friendly event Festival of the Year, and additions to this year's events promise even more enjoyment.


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Top 5 Places to Hear Live Music in Pigeon Forge

Fire and live music at Smoky Mountain OpryPigeon Forge is famous for its country and bluegrass. However, the music scene here is also rich in other genres, making it an ideal destination to hear it live! From the greatest country hits to new chart-topping favorites, the music here will have the whole family singing along. To help you plan for your trip, here are 5 of the best places to hear live music in Pigeon Forge.


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5 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss Country Tonite

Banjo player professionally picking at Country Tonite TheaterAlthough Nashville and Memphis are famous for their country music scene, this genre is also extremely popular in Pigeon Forge. Country Tonite is one of the best places to go to hear live country music and be entertained with comedy acts, dance numbers and so much more! Even if you aren't a fan of country music, you'll love this “feel good” kind of show! Here are 5 more reasons why you don't want to miss Country Tonite.


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Top 5 Shops to Visit at The Village in Gatlinburg

Shop in a lovely atmosphere at the Village in Gatlinburg.No trip to the Smokies is complete without a shopping spree! For a unique and fun experience, The Village in Gatlinburg is the place to go! Here you will find a quaint, European-themed collection of 27 boutiques, eateries, and galleries where you can purchase the perfect souvenirs and gifts. Enjoy the best sights, sounds and smells of The Village in Gatlinburg when you visit these top 5 shops.


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Best 4 Campgrounds and RV Resorts in the Smoky Mountains

Riverside campgrounds offer plenty of natural water fun.There's something special about camping that you simply can't get from staying in a hotel room. Give yourself the chance to reconnect with nature and the people you're visiting with by living simply, away from all the commotion of everyday life. Whether you're here for a week or just a few days, you'll see why people come back to camp in the Smokies time and time again. To help you plan for your trip, here are 4 of the best RV resorts and campgrounds in the Smoky Mountains that you are sure to enjoy.


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Top 6 Pigeon Forge Christmas Shows You Don't Want to Miss

An angel flies during the Stampede Christmas show.Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit more than watching a spectacular Christmas performance - and Pigeon Forge is full of them! When you visit the Smoky Mountains this holiday season, spend an evening at one of the amazing theaters in Pigeon Forge. To help you decide which one, we've put together a list of the top 6 Pigeon Forge Christmas shows you don't want to miss:


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7 Popular (and Little-Known) Gatlinburg TN Attractions

Anakeesta Attraction rope bridge in Gatlinburg, TN.You've heard about famous sites like Ober Gatlinburg, the Gatlinburg Space Needle, and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. But did you know there are many hidden gems right in and around Gatlinburg – popular yet lesser-known spots offering year-round excitement? Here are 7 Gatlinburg TN attractions you won't want to miss when you visit.


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5 of the Best Chain Restaurants in Gatlinburg

Mellow Mushroom 2-story pizza restaurant in GatlinburgNothing says vacation like going out on the town for a delicious meal! Lucky for you, there are tons of great places to grab a bite. Now all that's left to do is figure out which ones to visit first! To help you make the most of your trip, here are 5 of the best chain restaurants in Gatlinburg.


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4 Reasons to Stay in a Smoky Mountain Cabin for Winter Break

Warm up by a fireplace in a cabin in the Smoky MountainsWhen you plan a winter vacation to the Smoky Mountains, deciding on a place to stay is one of the most important parts. Nothing beats waking up on a chilly winter morning and sipping a warm cup of coffee as you admire the view of snow-covered mountains in the distance. Cabins provide the perfect home away from home for you in the Smokies. Here are the top 4 reasons to stay in a Smoky Mountain cabin for your winter vacation.


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Celebrate the Season at Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains

Having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit? Here's a surefire solution: a Winterfest Gatlinburg getaway for the entire family.


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3 Best Scenic Drives in the Smoky Mountains You Have to Try

Cades Cove in wintertime.It's no secret that the Smoky Mountains are full of gorgeous sights to be seen. If you don't feel like hiking on foot, you can see some of the most beautiful scenes from the comfort of your vehicle! To help guarantee you have the best time while you're here, we've put together a list of 3 of the best scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains that you have to try.


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4 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains Off the Beaten Path

Downhill zorbing at Outdoor Gravity ParkThe Smoky Mountains are full of exciting and popular things to do, but sometimes the things that lead to the most adventure are the more unique attractions. If you want to try something new and different next time you're in the area, check out our list of the 4 things to do in the Smoky Mountains off the beaten path:


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6 Kid-Friendly, Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Clingmans Dome is completely free and fun for families in the National Park.You don't have to spend a fortune to have a great time in the Gatlinburg area. Here are just a few fun family activities that will hardly cost you a dime.


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5 Best Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails for Families

Laurel Falls in the Smoky Mountains is a great family hike.No matter the season, one of the best ways to spend your time in the Smoky Mountains is by going for a hike. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 800 miles of trails, with some for every skill level. When you visit the area with your family, you will have plenty of options for easy and family-friendly hikes! Here are just 5 of the best Smoky Mountain hiking trails for families:


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