Alcatraz East review: A fascinating crime museum with surprisingly little on Alcatraz

Let’s start out with the elephant in the room. Why is there a crime museum in Pigeon Forge named after the famous San Francisco island prison? We’re not sure either. Their website says the architecture blends together a mixture that represents both Tennessee’s first state prison in Nashville as well as the original Alcatraz. It […]

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Veterans Day 2019: Your guide to deals and freebies on attractions and dining in The Smokies

Happy Veterans Day y’all! In honor of our local and visiting veterans and active military, TheSmokies.com has put together the most comprehensive list of Veterans Day discounts and freebies that you’ll find in the Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg areas.  Keep in mind, most of these deals are good for one day only, and require […]

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An insider’s guide to Dollywood; 7 pro tips from a local

The first time I set foot in Pigeon Forge was 1987.  A 12-year-old Hoosier, I came south with my aunt and uncle. We played mini-golf, stayed in what was then a nice hotel (it’s gone significantly downhill, being ranked among the worst in America a couple of years ago) and did other things popular with […]

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Top 10 things to do in the Smokies when it rains

The Smokies is a beautiful place to visit year-round, but its wide elevation range can contribute to unpredictable weather patterns. Some days it feels like you experience all four seasons in one day — with rain at any given moment. In fact, according to the National Park Service, the Smokies averages about 8-11 days of […]

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A review Dolly Parton’s Stampede — Plus tips how to plan and what to expect

The Dixie is no more.  One of Pigeon Forge’s signature attractions, formerly known as the Dixie Stampede, went through a rebranding a couple of years back in an effort to change, at least a little, with the times.  Now known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede, the dinner and theatre show still offers a four-course meal – […]

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