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Planning for a Day at Dollywood

Planning for a Day at Dollywood

Dollywood parks offer an amazing experience and escape into the Great Smoky Mountains with thrilling rides, a water park, food and the high-energy entertainment and expert craftspeople. Like other popular amusement parks, Dollywood can be crowded and require a part of your vacation budget. Keep reading for ideas to save. Dollywood covers 150 acres and has more than 40 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the “friendliest park atmosphere in the world.” The park won Friendliest Park at Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards for seven years in a row in 2018. Visit the Dollywood website here for up to date pricing. DISCOUNTS Everyone loves a discount…. Read more »

Hidden Places in the Smoky Mountains

Hidden Places in the Smoky Mountains

the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, with over 11.4 million visitors annually. This is as many visitors as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined!  A popular national park can have big crowds. If you’re want to see the park and want quiet time, here are some favorite hidden places to explore. Elkmont Troll Bridge Elkmont has recently gained fame as the secret ghost town of the Smokies.  This once very wealthy community of vacation homes is beginning to see renovation from the park service, and is still accessible to the public…. Read more »

Scenic Drives In The Smoky Mountains TN

Scenic Drives In The Smoky Mountains TN

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created in 1934. The park was created for the natural beauty, the flowing waterfalls, and to conserve natural resources. During this period, the automobile was becoming more affordable.  Therefore, the Smokies were created with auto touring in mind. 88% of Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors see the park by car.  Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is 5.5 miles long and a one-way looped, narrowing road. You’ll notice you’re driving through a quieter time of days past when you see all the well-preserved structures like old cabins and grist mills. Roaring Fork Motor… Read more »

Swimming Holes in the Smoky Mountains

Swimming Holes in the Smoky Mountains

When summer temperatures rise on your Smoky Mountain vacation, an you’re wanting to find a place to hop in some water you are in the right place.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 2,100 miles of flowing water! With this much wate, there many places to go.  Grab your sunglasses and swimsuit, sunscreen, and take your water shoes. Greenbrier The Greenbrier section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is easy to access. It’s only 7 miles outside of Gatlinburg. There are two large parking areas at the entrance and are the most popular spots to park… Read more »

Smoky Mountains Secret Spots

Smoky Mountains Secret Spots

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, with over 11.4 million annual visitors. This is as many visitors as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined!  A popular national park can sometimes mean big crowds during busy times of year. If you’re looking to see the park in a little solitude, listen to the advice from locals.  Find hidden gems and experience the quieter side of the Smokies! Elkmont Troll Bridge Elkmont has recently gained fame as the secret ghost town of the Smokies.  This once very wealthy community of vacation homes is… Read more »