This is the most fun and unique place to visit in the Smoky Mountains. Come and see what Goats on the Roof is all about.
If there's one absolute truth about Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg it's that there's always something new to experience: new attractions, new shops, new special events, new lodging properties. The same goes for restaurants, and in this post, we'll be introducing you to a host of Smoky Mountain eateries that you might not be familiar with. Some have been open for a little while, and some of have just opened their doors. But collectively, they expand the already broad range of dining options for folks visiting the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. So bring an appetite, pull up a chair and prepare to chow down on some of the Smokies' latest and greatest restaurants.
Trying new things can sometimes feel like a bit of a risk. Even if no danger is involved, it can be challenging to visit places we've never been or have no prior experience with. In such cases, we might ask friends who have traveled to the place we're considering, or we might read online reviews, to get a gauge of what to expect.
We're about one week into a new year, which means that a lot of things have slowed down in the Great Smoky Mountains. In the national park, several road closures are in effect due to winter weather conditions and scheduled repairs/maintenance. Most of the music theaters in Pigeon Forge are on a winter hiatus, as are Dollywood and a number of outdoor-based attractions.
Now that Halloween is in the rear-view mirror, it's time to set our sights on two of the year's biggest holidays - Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the Smoky Mountains, we include both days in one big festival called Winterfest. It's actually a four-month-long observation in the Smokies - from mid-November through February - an entire season-long celebration of winter (and late fall) and the many holidays and festivities that accompany it.
Autumn doesn't get much better than it has been lately here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Most days in the past few weeks have been sunny, clear and pleasantly cool, while nights have gotten down into the 30s (but without subjecting us to freezing temperatures). Combine that with all the cool things to be found in the Smokies on a daily basis as well as all the unique special events going on in the area, and you've got a whole list of reasons to come visit the mountains in the very near future.
Here in the Great Smoky Mountains, we've definitely noticed that the evenings and mornings are getting chillier. Fall is not only officially here on the calendar, but it's starting to feel like that time of year as well. For those who live here as well as those who visit the area each October and November, that means it's also time for the foliage to begin changing colors.
Most folks on vacation probably aren't intrigued by the thought of doing a triathlon. But we think we might have come up with one that might just grab your interest, especially since it doesn't actually involve swimming, bicycling or running. Not that those things can't be fun (and beneficial), but if you're planning some getaway time in the Great Smoky Mountains in the near future, our triathlon requires no training and very little physical effort. Best of all, it lets you the participant enjoy lots of high-speed fun over the course of one great day in the Smokies.
There's no doubt that enjoying recreational opportunities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a top priority among visitors to this neck of the woods. Hiking, bike riding, picnicking, fishing and camping are just a few of the fun outdoor activities that millions of visitors enjoy inside the park each year.
It seems that there's an app for everything these days. No matter your interests, hobbies, type of job or family life, digital assistance in the form of a specialized application for your phone or electronic device seems to be a given.
By definition, an attraction is a business that is interesting enough on some level to compel people to visit it. In the Smokies, we measure attractions by the dozen, everything from Dollywood and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies to the many music theaters of Pigeon Forge and destinations like the Titanic Museum Attraction.
Fortunately for locals and visitors alike, East Tennessee is teeming with opportunities to play outside in the summer, whether it's in the national park, a state park or one of the region's many lakes or TVA reservoirs. Recreational staples like boating, fishing, hiking, camping and cycling are just a few of the examples of how a person can spend some quality time in the fresh air and sunshine.
Summertime is playtime in the Great Smoky Mountains. Warm weather ushers in a host of outdoor recreations like boating, swimming and cycling, just to name a few. In the national park alone, visitors have options for hiking, fishing, camping and more.
If you've ever driven to Pigeon Forge and/or Gatlinburg on a Smoky Mountain vacation, chances are you first drove through Sevierville, Tennessee, on your journey. Decades ago, Sevierville was little more than a place to stop to get gas or a bite to eat on your way to one of the other destinations. But these days, Sevierville has more to offer tourists than ever before. And if you haven't taken a look at that city's downtown area lately, you'll see why Sevierville has become a worthy place to stop and play in its own right.
A couple of weeks ago, we shared some of our recommendations for music theater shows in Pigeon Forge. From country music and comedy to murder mysteries and equestrian entertainment, we revealed how there's a little bit of something for everyone on the stages of the Great Smoky Mountains.
So you had a great day in the Smokies. Maybe you spent it hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Or maybe you hung out all day at Dollywood or Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Maybe you went ziplining or visited that cool place where the goats walk around on the rooftop…