The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are bustling. This gateway area to the most visited national park in the country can often be crowded, so it helps to know the best roads to use to get around, and to be able to pick out the specific areas that you and the crew want to target as you venture out from the cabin.
To help you figure out the best places and things to put into your plans, we’ve written up many guides to the things to do and the places to go – in fact, we have so many that we now need a guide to the guides, so read on for our first super-guide to getting around during your visit.
Most of the traditional annual events are coming back to the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains in 2021, after a year that saw most of them postponed. Here’s what’s going on for Springtime 2021 in the Smokies.
Images courtesy of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
The next best thing to being here in the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge may just be taking a peek at the latest weather and views around the area. Webcams to the rescue.
Image from the Newfound Gap cam
With diverse forests, babbling brooks and unforgettable scenic mountain views, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers plenty of spots for a picnic. Learn about some of our favorite spots to open up your basket and spend some quality time with your loved ones in the great outdoors.
In case you want to dine out on Christmas Day, a number of local restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have you covered.
The holiday spirit is alive and well in the Great Smoky Mountains! Here is your guide to some of the best events taking place this year in the region, including a variety of outdoor events so that you and your family can stay safe and still enjoy the magic of the season.
Image courtesy of Gatlinburg
Which restaurants will be open in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville on Thanksgiving Day, 2020? The good news is that more than 50 restaurants plan to open on Thanksgiving Day, and several are offering a special Thanksgiving menu.
With Thanksgiving almost here, this becomes the crucial question as even some of those visitors who are here on family gatherings for the celebration may choose not to cook a meal in their fully equipped cabin in the Smokies, and instead choose to visit a restaurant.
Image courtesy of Crystelle Creek
The weather is cooler and the nights are longer, but the holiday seasons brings a special kind of energy to the Smoky Mountains, and there is much to see and do with your entire family. Check out some of the holiday highlights happening throughout the area, and start planning your festive Smoky Mountains vacation today!
Image courtesy of Anakeesta
There are countless ways to get out in the fall colors of the Smoky Mountains without taking a strenuous hike. Quite apart from the Scenic Drives and Overlooks accessible by car, there are many Easy Walks and outdoor adventures where you don’t have to break a sweat, and here are some of the best.
Gatlinburg Trail image courtesy NPS
Where are the best places to see the Fall Colors of the Smoky Mountains? Here’s our guide to some of the best ways, places and times to see the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
The leaves start turning first at the highest elevations and work their way down the mountain slopes to the lower lands as the season progresses, all told over about a 7-week period. For a more detailed sequence and to get the latest color reports, see our guide to Fall Colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park