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One Stop, Lots Of Fun

Ride the Goat Coaster in Pigeon ForgeThese days, it's all about getting more bang for the buck. We all want our dollars to stretch as far as they can go, so it's nice when we find a product or service that allows us to get the most out of what we pay for it. That even applies to vacationing. If you're going to spend X amount of dollars, why not spend them on something that you can the widest range of experiences from?


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Top Five Things To Do In The National Park

Many places to picnic in the national parkGreat Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the entire system, garnering anywhere from 9 to 10 million visitors per year, according to the National Park Service. The reasons behind those numbers are apparent: The beauty of the Smokies rivals that of many of the spectacular landscapes in the country, and since the park's formation in the 1930s, a vibrant tourism business has built up nearby, giving visitors even more reasons to travel to the mountains of East Tennessee.


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What's New In The Smokies? – Part Two

New water coaster at Wilderness of the SmokiesWhen we started digging into our last blog post - which was an overview of new attractions, restaurants, shops and lodgings in the Smokies - we had no idea that we were opening up a whole can of vacation-themed worms. There was way more to bite off than we could chew in one blog post (not that we're into eating worms…), so we're back this week to wrap things up and let a few more of those wiggly critters out to play.


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What's New In The Smokies 2024?

Mini Golf and dinosaursWhether you're thinking about visiting the Great Smoky Mountains this spring or even this summer or fall, it's not too early to start planning your trip. It's always a good idea to make lodging reservations well in advance, and if you have to arrange for a rental car or alternative transportation while you're here, it's probably a good idea to get going on that as well.


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Go Car Crazy In The Smokies!

Many cars to see in Pigeon Forge and GatlinburgVisitors to the Great Smoky Mountains sure do seem to love cars. And we're not necessarily talking about their own vehicles (although on any given day in the Smokies, you'll see plenty of those). What we're referring to specifically are custom cars, trucks and other assorted four- (and two-) wheeled vehicles. Whether they're new or vintage, original equipment or heavily modified, there's definitely a fascination with all things automotive here in these mountains, everything from muscle cars and old-school VW Beetles to classic roadsters like Corvettes and Mustangs.


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Why Are There Goats On Our Roof?

Say hello to one of our goats on the roofWe'll be the first to admit that Goats on the Roof is an unconventional name for a tourist attraction. One of the most frequent questions we get from our guests is a simple one: “Why? Why are there goats on your roof?” Of course, there's a story behind the name and the concept. It's not an idea that we just plucked out of thin air.


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Spring Is An Eventful Season In The Smokies

Ride a zipline in the Smoky MountainsSmoky Mountain Railroad is operating its special Bunny Hopper Express train through the end of March - a 4.5-hour train ride through the mountains of Western North Carolina. The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA is having a special Easter weekend March 29 through 31, and there's also an egg hunt at Wear Farm City Park in Pigeon Forge. Lastly, look for Easter at Ober Mountain in Gatlinburg on March 31. It consists of a morning sunrise service 2,700 feet above Gatlinburg.


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It's Time To Head Outside!

Officially, there are still two more weeks of winter, but the warming temperatures and blooming vegetation are telling us that more pleasant days are just around the corner. That means it's almost time to shed those winter layers, throw on the shorts and short-sleeved shirts and start playing outside again. So if you're thinking about visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in the next few weeks, your fun-time options are expanding by the day. This week, we're sharing some of our picks for things to do here in this later-winter/early-spring period that will help you shake those winter blues for good.


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From Vacation To Relocation

Sevierville is a great place to live.It's a very familiar story: Family vacations in the Great Smoky Mountains. Family falls in love with the Great Smoky Mountains. Family decides to actually relocate to the Great Smoky Mountains. If this scenario has ever rung true for you - if you're seriously thinking about making the Smokies a permanent home instead of just a vacay stay, then we can offer you some unique insights as longtime residents of the area ourselves.


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Things To Do In Pigeon Forge This Month

February has arrived, and for many, it's just another month to slog through until we get closer to the arrival of spring. It's the off season in the Great Smoky Mountains, so there's not much point in heading that way until it warms up, right?


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Your Winter Guide To Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Continued

Water feeding mill is frozen in Cades CoveOur previous blog post was dedicated to those of you who enjoy exploring (or who are eager to explore) Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the off season. Since then, our area has received nearly a foot of snow in the lower elevations and even more on the mountains. Administrators even closed the national park to all activity on January 16 due to hazardous weather conditions.


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Your Winter Guide To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ice covered stream in the Smoky MountainsNow that the holidays are over, the Great Smoky Mountains area finds itself in what it traditionally refers to as the “off season.” But there's nothing “off” about the Smokies. Most of what you can do during peak season is still available, and there are many other compelling reasons to visit in the middle of winter, including lighter traffic, smaller crowds and lower rates on lodgings. (By the way, Goats on the Roof is open all year long, so we hope you include us in your winter travel itinerary.)


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Holiday Entertainment Part 2

See a Christmas Show in the SmokiesIn our last post, we introduced you to just a few of the many music theaters in the Smokies that are offering themed holiday entertainment to celebrate the Christmas season. But in hindsight, we realize we only scratched the surface of what's available when it comes to nightlife in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. So in the spirit of giving, we're back with a few more Smoky Mountain venues that, collectively, offer a wide variety of stage productions. Consider any of these destinations the perfect end to a perfect day in the Smokies - which could also include a visit to Goats on the Roof in Pigeon Forge.


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Holiday Entertainment

Man climbs a pole at lumberjack feudPigeon Forge has long been known for its music theaters. Much like Branson, MO, the city boasts a thriving community of venues that play host to a wide variety of live shows featuring everything from multiple genres of music to comedy, magic, feats of competition and much more.


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4 Must-Do Christmas Outings

If you've never visited the Great Smoky Mountains during Christmas, you should seriously consider making 2023 the year that you start a new holiday tradition. The mountains are magical this season thanks to the dozens and dozens of attractions and other businesses that not only put on their best Christmas décor but also host unique holiday-themed events that help get everyone into the spirit of things.


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