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Two New Dinner Shows Debut in the Smoky Mountains This Summer

SkyLand Ranch offers a new dinner experience in Sevierville in 2024 Dinner shows have been a staple in the Smoky Mountains since the Dolly Stampede opened in Pigeon Forge back in 1987 (originally called Dixie Stampede). I can remember experiencing the show with my little sister and grandparents when I was growing up.  And now, down the Parkway in Dolly’s

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There Are Big Changes Coming to This Popular Road in the Smoky Mountains

What you need to know about Newfound Gap Road in the Smokies When my family visits the Smokies, we prefer taking the scenic route through Western North Carolina. My husband prefers driving on winding mountain roads. When the weather is warm, my kids love to stop in Cherokee and visit Oconaluftee Islands Park to play in the river. From there,

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People Are Flocking to This Remarkable Tree Hidden Within The Smoky Mountains

A tree that was planted nearly 100 years ago still stands within the Smoky Mountains off the beaten path, and tourists are flocking to see it It was Dec. 7, 1941. Golman Myers – born in Cades Cove in 1894 – was in the process of relocating the family farm to Townsend, making way for the National Park. Golman’s son

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3 Hidden Pieces of History in Sevierville You Never Knew Existed

Local names top hidden gems in Dolly Parton’s hometown in the Smoky Mountains As someone who, for three decades, used Sevierville as a place to go through on my way to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or the mountains, I know a lot more today about the historic city. Founded in 1795, when George Washington still had two years left in his

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There’s a Bridge Hidden in the Smoky Mountains That’s Covered in Wishes

Thousands of visitors are leaving their handwritten wishes at this beautiful bridge in the Smoky Mountains ​​I’ve been around the Smoky Mountain tourism game for more than 30 years. So, I’ve come to expect certain liberties to be taken with local lore. Any mountain, cove, den, holler, waterfall or creek that happens to come under the ownership of a money-making

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The Island vs Dollywood: Which Is Better? A Brutally Honest Opinion

Dollywood’s only real local competition for an all-day attraction is The Island in Pigeon Forge. But how does the Island stack up to the reigning champ? As someone who has been prioritizing our family’s vacation budget for nearly 20 years, I understand the equation. You only have so much allotted and gas and food are going to take a portion

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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

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Now’s Your Chance To See the Synchronous Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

Each year, thousands of people compete for the chance to attend this limited-capacity light show in the Smoky Mountains The hardest ticket to obtain in the Smokies isn’t to Dollywood’s new drone show. It’s not dinner theater on the strip. Certainly, it’s not the lumberjack competition. It’s a ticket to a light show that only happens for a few weeks

the new observation deck and the existing skybridge

You Won’t Believe the Massive Expansion Coming Soon to Gatlinburg SkyPark

SkyPark officials announce new SkyBridge, viewing area, restaurants and more With its 70th-anniversary celebration approaching, Gatlinburg SkyPark is preparing for its next 70 years. Having first gone up the mountain nearly 40 years ago, I’ve personally watched and marveled at the competition to be Gatlinburg’s top dog. SkyPark is certainly firmly entrenched in a three-way competition to be Gatlinburg’s premier

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3 Reasons Not To Go to the Smoky Mountains, From a Local

Look, I’ve lived on this Earth long enough to know that nothing has a 100 percent approval rating. There are people – if you can believe it – who don’t like pizza or Star Wars movies. But as someone who left the Smokies for a brief period in the early 2000s and was desperate to return, I can say the