It’s different in the mountains: 4 things you need to know about rain, flooding in the Smokies

After a record-setting spring 2019, this year’s late-winter has already brought massive rainfall and flooding, especially in Gatlinburg.  While two straight years of flooding is not enough to create a trend, it rains enough the rest of the year that knowing how floods may affect your vacation would be handy. With that in mind, here’s […]

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It’s not too late to take in the sights on the Gatlinburg Tour of Lights 2019

Much like the European cities of old, Gatlinburg was not built for modern traffic. The main strip is meant to be accessed by foot, really. They’ve widened the road as best they can but there’s limited space. During busy times, between the traffic and the frequent crosswalks, navigating through Gatlinburg can be an irritation. That […]

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A complete list of attractions and events open for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

If you’re spending Christmas in the Smokies, you’re in luck! In my biased opinion, it’s one of the best places to be during the holidays. There are millions of lights to see during Winterfest, and many of the local attractions stay open! If you’re looking for things to do during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, […]

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The truth about the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Polar Express

Bryson City, a small town located in Western North Carolina, is home to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train ride for 10 months out of the year, but each November and December it is the host of something more magical: Based on the classic children’s book and subsequent movie, the Polar Express arrives to carry […]

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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland review: Clark Griswold’s fever dream is a reality

Clark Griswold’s fever dream is a reality in Kodak, Tennessee, just off exit 407 on Interstate 40. Each Christmas season, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland takes over the large parking lot of the Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball team and creates a drive-thru Christmas event that literally lights up the holidays. Hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights […]

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