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Will Dolly Parton Buy the Ill-Fated Ghost Town In the Sky?

Fans are calling for their Appalachian queen, Dolly Parton, to save one of their favorite long-lost theme parks, Ghost Town in the Sky In the mountains of North Carolina, there is a ghost town that used to be Ghost Town begging to be saved. In Maggie Valley, a mountain-top amusement park that used to be the rival of Dollywood is

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Pickles in Dr. Pepper? Nah. Try Peanuts in Your Coke

Why putting peanuts in an ice-cold Coke is more Southern than you think Every once in a while, something happens that reminds me that my upbringing wasn’t ubiquitous. Not everyone was exposed to the same traditions and culture as I was. It happened again recently as the internet rediscovered the Southern tradition of putting salted peanuts in a fresh, cold

The Blue Ridge Parkway in NC was just voted 12th most feared road in the United States (photo bu Chansak Joe/iStockPhoto)

A Popular Tourist Road in NC Was Just Voted Among Most Feared in the US

Move over Tail of the Dragon here comes … The Blue Ridge Parkway? As someone who has driven large swaths of the Blue Ridge Parkway – chiefly in the Smokies – I was shocked when I found it listed as the 12th most feared roadway in America. Really? The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most fearsome road in North Carolina?

rainy sky with gatlinburg space needle in tennessee

These Are the Rainiest – and Least Rainy – Months in Gatlinburg

How Gatlinburg sees a surprising amount of rain compared to the rest of the country When visiting an outdoorsy destination like Gatlinburg, the weather might be top of mind. Gatlinburg has a temperate climate. For example, last summer, my family and I experienced some Gatlinburg climate magic. While the rest of the southeastern United States was languishing under an intense

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Hilarious Savannah Bananas Weigh in on Rumored Smokies Stadium Takeover

If the Savannah Bananas are keeping their eyes peeled for expansion opportunities, Smokies Stadium would be ideal The end of an era is quickly approaching as the Tennessee Smokies abandons its home in Kodak and returns to Knoxville. I have a long history covering Smokies baseball. I wrote about the move from Knoxville to Sevier County for a class project.

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3 Hidden Gems Uncovered at This 200-Year-Old Church in Cades Cove

The Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove is now over 200 years old, here are a few of the hidden gems that lie within Growing up a short drive from Cades Cove, I went to school with the descendants of both the early settlers and the last remaining residents of the Cove. And like others, I drive the Cove looking

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13 New Attractions, Restaurants in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

New tastes and experiences to expect in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville TN in 2024 I think there’s something for just about everyone in the Great Smoky Mountains. For instance, outdoor enthusiasts can explore the majestic beauty of the National Park. Kids love Gatlinburg’s candy shops and Ripley’s attractions. Foodies also appreciate the restaurant scene. In Pigeon Forge, runners also

purple lights in the astra lumina night walk experience at anakeesta in gatlinburg, tennessee

These 3 Attractions in Gatlinburg Were Enough To Make Me Move Here

I moved to my favorite tourist town, and here are three attractions that helped in that decision My family and I made dozens of trips to Gatlinburg before moving here. We often would alternate restaurants or try to squeeze in a new one with every visit. Attractions, for us, were secondary. After our first few visits, Gatlinburg became less of

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See the Tennessee Restaurant Where Guests Dine With Singing Robot Chickens

Come for the food, stay for the … singing animatronic chickens? I’ve been around these mountains for a long time. I’ve seen the hooks, the gimmicks, businesses use to entice tourists to spend their dollars with them. Usually, I get it. Our go-karts are faster. We’ve got Pirates. Hey, remember the infamous Kentucky family feud that caught national attention 160

dorothy and todo at the land of oz event

What It’s Like To Visit Autumn at Oz in North Carolina

Here’s what you should know about the Land of Oz before you go Many entrepreneurs bring their visions to the mountains, and sometimes only a handful of businesses survive. While some are left to rust and be reclaimed by the mountains, others rise from the ashes and offer folks like me a rare glimpse into the past. And sometimes, if