Attractions

Anakeesta's Astra Lumina Expansion

Sneak Peek: Anakeesta Surprises Guests with All-New Expansion

Anakeesta unveils an all-new Nebular Waves installation alongside a major Astra Genesis upgrade Last week, Anakeesta quietly unveiled two new expansions to the ever-popular Astra Lumina night walk attraction: Nebular Waves and an Astral Genesis upgrade. Both of these are now open at the mountaintop theme park in Gatlinburg, TN. Anakeesta’s Astra Lumina is an enchanted night walk through the

the comedy barn theater in pigeon forge tn

These Are the 3 Most Cheesy Attractions in the Smoky Mountains

Local lists the cheesiest attractions around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Part of Sevier County’s tourism industry is the natural beauty that surrounds Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. But the founding fathers of the tourism industry realized early on that while it ain’t easy bein’ cheesy, it certainly pays the bills. That’s how Carbo’s Smoky Mountain Police Museum, whose claim to fame was

a bucees drinking cup in front of a bucees store

3 Surprising Facts About Buc-ee’s That Will Make You Love It Even More

Lesser-known fun facts about the world’s most beloved travel center: Buc-ee’s As the self-proclaimed preeminent Buc-ee’s journalist East of the Mississippi, I’ve certainly learned a lot about the cathedral to convenience. And frankly, I’m also happy to spread the gospel of the greatest gas station ever conceived by man. Just ask the folks at the paper of record in Ft. Worth

hike to clingmans dome observation tower in the great smoky mountains

These Are the Best 3 Spots in the Smoky Mountains You Can’t Miss (2024)

A local’s guide on what you shouldn’t skip on a trip to the Smokies The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a massive forest centered along the Tennessee-North Carolina state line, but it’s not quite as big as many assume. The national park is part of a larger range of national forests along the Appalachian Mountains. To the south, there’s

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You Won’t Believe These 3 Attractions Really Existed in the Smokies

These old attractions would be considered problematic today As someone who grew up in East Tennessee, I’ve seen a lot of attractions come and go around the Smoky Mountains. Some attractions simply ran their course and fell from grace with the changing times. Or they simply sold their land for profit. But there were also several short-lived, lesser-known attractions that

wild eagle roller coaster at dollywood

7 Most Thrilling Roller Coasters at Dollywood (2024)

Local ranks best roller coasters at Dolly Parton’s theme park I spent my formative roller coaster years as a child of the Midwest visiting King’s Island, Six Flags and Cedar Point. These amusement parks were the roller coaster meccas of my youth. When I came to Pigeon Forge TN for the first time, I was a tourist. Back then, the

a family in a utv rental in the mountains

9 Best Side by Side Rentals in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg (2024)

These are the best ATV and side-by-side rentals in the Smoky Mountains There are so many new ways to explore the mountainous roads with the wind in your hair, either on your own or with an expert tour guide. Some tours are family-friendly, and others are more of a build-your-own adventure. Below, we’ve found the best vendors for side-by-side rentals

aerial tramway at ober mountain

Is Ober Mountain Worth It? Local Gives Honest Review (2024)

Local weighs pros and cons of the rebranded Ober Mountain If you want to learn about inertia, there are worse places than a mountain top. For 60 years, Ober Gatlinburg made its money in inertia – skiing, tubing and summer sledding. But over time, another type of inertia set in. Ober was in decline. The quality was lessening. Other places

clifftop with fountain at anakeesta

Is Anakeesta Worth It? Local Gives Honest Review (2024)

Pros and cons of visiting Anakeesta in Gatlinburg TN As a local, do you know my favorite part of Anakeesta? It’s leaving. But I don’t mean it as a slight. Anakeesta features fun attractions, quality dining, stupendous views and some diverting shopping. But the best part is the Chondola ride down the mountain at night, bouncing your way silently toward

biltmore house in north carolina

Here’s How Much Biltmore Is Worth After Adjusting for Inflation

A look at the Biltmore Estate, from today’s standards In the 1880s, George Washington Vanderbilt II came to the mountains with a dream. He also came with the type of generational wealth typically reserved for kings and pharaohs. So when Vanderbilt wanted a summer house, he purchased nearly 700 parcels of land – 50 farms and at least five cemeteries