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Veterans Day Celebration in Gatlinburg

October 5, 2012

The Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration is always a popular event for the Smoky Mountain community. Only 57 cities in the entire country have the honor of being an official site for the observation of the Veterans Day holiday, which means that the activities that take place at these sites will be aligned with those taking place at the National Veterans Day Observance. The celebration in Gatlinburg is one of two of such sites in Tennessee. This can’t-miss event will be taking place at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. Admission is free, so bring the entire family! Read More

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Top Five Travel Apps

September 17, 2012

The next time you travel to the Smoky Mountains, make sure that you check out these top five travel apps for your smartphone. You will thank us later. Read More

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10 Beautiful Views You Don’t Want to Miss

September 11, 2012

The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place to take pictures, however a lot of people do not know where to go to see those amazing views that the Smokies has to offer. Here is a list of 10 beautiful views you don’t want to miss on your next trip to the Smoky Mountains. Read More

Ripley’s Fright Nights

August 27, 2012

If you find yourself rafting in the Smokies in October, you can take a break from the water and check out Ripley’s Fright Nights. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating its 14th annual Fright Nights show this year with Voodoo 13. You will be able to catch shows with a voodoo theme on each of the 13 special event evenings. Read More


The History of Gatlinburg

July 27, 2012

Attractions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee have so much family appeal.
With the Smoky Mountains serving as its backdrop, it offers breathtaking scenery from every vantage point. Because it has so many visitors, Gatlinburg numbered its main intersections. Visitors marvel at this oddity as well as appreciate the assistance it lends in getting around town. Read More

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales Going on Now!

June 19, 2012

Looking for a reason to visit the Smoky Mountains? After an exciting day of rafting in the Smokies, come relax to the music and folklore of Appalachia at the 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales Festival. Read More

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Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

May 15, 2012

The annual River Raft Regatta is one of the most highly anticipated Gatlinburg events held each year. This race begins at the River Terrace Bridge across the Little Pigeon River and ends downtown at the Gatlinburg Aquarium. This race allows the true character and imagination of local residents really shine through, as nearly any floatable raft can be entered in this race. Read More

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Gatlinburg Fireworks Celebration

May 15, 2012

The streets of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee will ignite with vibrant colors at the “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale at 10pm on the 4th of July. Gatlinburg has been home to the nation’s first 4th of July parade every year for the past 37 years. This spectacular event kicks off the annual Independence Day celebration that ends with an enormous fireworks display. Read More

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Five Twists on a Classic Campfire Treat

April 9, 2012

Rafting and hiking in the Smokies with the family is a special way to make memories that will last long after you have returned home. What better way to end the day than with this classic family treat: s’mores? These five twists will be sure to satisfy after an exciting day exploring the Smokies. Read More

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Smoky Mountain Springfest

April 6, 2012

“Like a mountain in springtime.” Singer John Denver had it right. The Smoky Mountains, in particular, are beautiful in bloom. The online site GORP, Great Outdoor Recreation Pages, named Great Smoky Mountains National Park one of its Top 10 Parks for Spring because of its 1,500 flowering plants, most of them at their loveliest. Read More