Area visitors have a unique chance to experience an event that showcases the culture and heritage of Appalachia. Robert Tino's annual Smoky Mountain Homecoming event runs Friday through Sunday, on the first weekend of October. Guests are given a chance to see, hear, and taste some of the things that give this region of the country its own special character.
Have you heard about Pigeon Forge's Egyptian attraction? Located at the Lumberjack Square development, it's called TOMB, a pyramid-themed adventure that lets families and groups team up to battle the curse of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. The storyline has visitors getting “trapped” in the relics of an archaeological site, and mummies, daddies and kids must work together to overcome a series of ingenious challenges designed to thwart their escape. The interactive experience is designed to last about 45 minutes and along the way features dazzling special effects and excitement for all ages.
If you plan to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee this summer, there's one name you may want to keep an eye out for. It won't be hard to find, because you'll see it pop up almost everywhere you go in town. The name? Ripley. As in Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, one of the most popular aquariums in the country.
If you've ever been to Great Smoky Mountains National Park before, chances are you've visited, or at least heard of, Cades Cove, a preserved 19th century community that thrived in the mountains prior to the formation of the national park. Today, an 11-mile loop road takes visitors through this idyllic, storybook landscape, which is filled with mountain views, serene valleys, hiking trails and historic structures. Indeed, there's something for everyone.
It's finally getting warm enough to really take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities of springtime. One of the popular activities around East Tennessee is enjoying the region's network of TVA lakes and waterways. If you're in Sevier County on vacation, the most convenient site is Douglas Lake, which is accessible just a few miles off of Tenn. Hwy. 66 between Interstate 40 and downtown Sevierville, Tennessee.
Have you always dreamed of being a cowboy or cowgirl? Are you living the western life, but need a range to call your own? Giving closet wranglers and hardcore buckaroos a place to embrace the Wild West is what the annual Saddle Up! event in Pigeon Forge is all about. Mid February, marks the timing of Saddle Up! - which means the coordinators of the festival have some special guests lined up.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, first made its way onto the map as a tourist destination thanks to its proximity to the mountains. In fact, the south end of town leads directly into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It also became well known decades ago for being a wellspring of authentic arts and crafts, featuring works that were hand-made by local artisans.
Let's take a closer look together at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which lies just north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The town's proximity to the National Park rightfully helped to earn its early reputation as a source of outdoor recreation opportunities and authentic arts and crafts. Gatlinburg was the first tourism destination here, beginning in the 1930's and 40's.
Every town in the Smokies has its own unique offerings that make it worthwhile to visit. Let's take a closer look at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which lies halfway between Sevierville and Gatlinburg when traveling toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It's one of the most visited sites in the nation's most visited national park. Cades Cove embodies all the best that Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer for beauty and historical value. A journey down the 11-mile, one-way road that loops its way around the cove should be added to the top of your list of things to do when visiting the Smokies.
Some people call it “Fireworks In The Smokies!” or “Leaves are Changing!” Others call it, “Look at All The Cars!” Whatever you call it, people flock to The Great Smoky Mountains by the thousands the for great beauty of fall leaves in The Great Smoky Mountains: breathtaking indeed.
One of the first decisions anyone makes when planning to visit Sevier County is picking the best travel dates. Naturally, summer is peak season since that's when the kids are on summer vacation, and October is essentially a second peak season in the Smokies, because that's when the mountain foliage makes its transition from the green of summer to the earth tones of fall.
In the Smoky Mountains, hayrides are as much a part of fall as pumpkins, arts and crafts, and the changing colors of the leaves. Hayrides are more than just sitting atop dried grass while you're pulled along a dusty, dirt road. Like a country version of a New York City carriage ride through Central Park, hayrides offer a time to snuggle close, enjoy the outdoor scenery, chat and have some fun.
Did you know that Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was established back in 1830? Step back into that time as you visit the historical sites of The Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge. As you walk through The Old Mill Square, tour the water-powered grist mill that has continuously ground meal and flour since the early 1800's. The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most photographed historical sites in the country!
Have you ever discovered one of those little-known towns that's just full of surprises? You know…charming, interesting, but maybe not as well known as others? That's the kind of place you remember to visit again and again. While you may be acquainted with the Great Smoky Mountains, you may not be aware of a little gem tucked away near the Smoky Mountains known as Sevierville, Tennessee.