Ober Gatlinburg, a blast from the past: A breakdown and review of Tennessee’s only ski and snowboard destination

Ober Gatlinburg is a ski and amusement park area, and it is the state of Tennessee’s only ski and snowboard destination. Ober Gatlinburg is mostly known for its winter activities, but many of its attractions are open year-round. And as a bonus, the off seasons are typically good opportunities to see the what the park […]

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Do you know what to do if you see a black bear in the Smokies? Commit these 3 safety tips to heart

There is a lot of wildlife to see in the Smoky Mountains – and it can be exciting to see animals in their natural habitat. But it’s important to remember that these beautiful creatures are wild animals, and you are a guest in their home. Since black bears are among the most notorious animals in […]

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6 reasons why Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is rated Best Aquarium in North America

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was voted Best Aquarium in North America by Readers’ Choice 2019 in USA Today. And while I personally haven’t been to every aquarium in North America (unfortunately), I have been to some of the big ones, including the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New […]

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An insider’s guide to Cades Cove in 7 easy tips

Experience drive thru wonder and awe, all the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with walking and hiking optional. The Cades Cove Loop, located a few miles beyond the Townsend  Park Entrance is one of the magnificent sights in the park. With the added bonus of being easily accessible – even for those […]

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Top 10 things you can do in the Smokies for FREE! (for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts)

Vacationing on a budget can be tough. When I travel, I like to “pack” in a day that is free from both scheduling and financial obligations. Luckily, there are plenty of fun, free things to do in the Smokies. For the outdoorsy type: #1 — Take a Hike! From natural falls to chimney tops and […]

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