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When you visit an attraction, you usually want to spend as much time there as you possibly can. It's only natural to want to get the most bang for your buck. But there's one type of tourist attraction in the Great Smoky Mountains where guests do the exact opposite: They try to get OUT of the building as soon as possible. In this case, however, it's not because they're having a bad time. In fact, when you visit an escape room, your goal is exit the challenge in the shortest amount of time.
The cold days of winter are fully upon us here in the Great Smoky Mountains. And there's no doubt that the pace of life has slowed up, only if just a little, in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Dollywood and many of the local music theaters are on their annual winter hiatuses, and the lines to get into the attractions that are still open are shorter than they are during their summertime peaks. Other telltale signs, like shorter waits to get into restaurants and lighter traffic on the Parkway, surely indicate that things have slowed down a bit during this off-season.
Chances are that if you've been to the Great Smoky Mountains before, you went with either your spouse/significant other or your family, including the kids. But next time you plan a trip back to the Smokies, consider getting a group of people together. Traveling with six, eight or even 10 or more people in one party has a lot of advantages, both practical and intangible. Continue reading to learn just a few:
A roaring fire, snow falling gently outside the window, and you and your sweetheart sharing a warm blanket and creating lasting memories of a special Valentine's Day celebration. In Gatlinburg, TN, all your romantic fantasies come to life, from quiet time to spend with one another to thrilling attractions unlike any you've ever visited.
Now is the perfect time to gather up your girlfriends for some serious retail therapy in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for Christmas gifts, this is the best time to score deals at local retailers. From one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts to designer labels at rock-bottom prices, shopping in the Smokies is the perfect activity for a girls' weekend getaway.
Of all the holidays we celebrate, the one that we often recall with such nostalgia is Thanksgiving. Remember kicking off the day with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade before heading to grandma's house, where aunts and uncles and cousins all gathered together? The house would fill with laughter and the scents of roasting turkey, sweet potatoes, and mom's secret stuffing recipe. After dinner, everyone cheered for his or her favorite football team and ate far too much pie.
p>With another winter behind us, it's finally time to bring out the swimsuits and shorts and head for the great outdoors. And no place on earth offers as much fun in the sun as the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you're the adventurous type or you prefer quiet communing with nature, you'll find exactly what you're looking for in this amazing vacation spot.
Hiking, horseback riding, and a host of other activities are the norm when you book a trip to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN. With hundreds of acres of wilderness and stunning scenery to enjoy, outdoor fun is one reason you return year after year.
Although the Christmas rush is done, there's still lots of fun to be had in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. From skiing to exploring and snuggling close with your honey, you'll find this family-friendly hotspot offers a bit of everything!
Since 1989 Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ has been dazzling visitors with beautiful decorations and sparkling light displays during the winter season. These displays line miles of the city's beautiful downtown Parkway and Highway 321 and can be enjoyed by car, by trolley or on foot every night until February 28. Gatlinburg Winter Magic features a custom designed and fabricated display of snowmen, fountains, Christmas icons, forests and furry mountain friends indigenous to the Great Smoky Mountains, such as rabbits, deer, foxes, and squirrels - all made of lights. For those who have a nostalgic streak for the displays of the last 20 years, don't worry - your favorites are still there.
It's true. Every season in the Great Smoky Mountains is gorgeous in its own way. The breathtaking whiteness of snow-capped mountains against a backdrop of brilliant blue is dazzling. The fresh greens of spring bring to mind rebirth and joyful celebration, while the deeper hues of summer make us want to find a shady spot near a gurgling stream for an afternoon nap.
If you're among those who yearn for knitwear, hot chocolate and the cooler temperatures of fall, you won't want to miss nature's annual display of color in the Smokies. The mountains are home to more than 100 different species of deciduous trees that lose their leaves in winter. Before the leaves drop, however, they put on quite a show as their pigments slowly morph in the autumn sunlight. Green is the first to fade, leaving behind a riot of reds, oranges, purples, and yellows. Through the end of September to the end of October, the Great Smoky Mountains come alive with these vibrant colors. It's a breathtaking sight you won't want to miss.
Imagine waking up tomorrow to watch the sun rise over the mountains. The cool air of early morning is scented with pine and wildflowers, and a fog clings to the valleys in wisps of white. You pull on your hiking boots and set out along a trail where deer graze peacefully and birds greet you from the treetops. All is quiet. Not a cellphone ring or car horn to be heard. It's just you and Mother Nature.
Picture exchanging your wedding vows beneath the bright blue Tennessee sky, surrounded by the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains. Or perhaps a rustic chapel lies at the heart of your wedding plans. You'll walk along a quiet, flower-lined path to the church, as the clean scent of spring in the mountains surrounds you. Whether you prefer an outdoor wedding or an old-fashioned gathering in an intimate sanctuary, one thing is certain, your Smoky Mountain wedding will be a dream come true.
Since 1957 gospel singers from all over the world have been making a joyful noise at the annual National Quartet Convention. In 2014, the Convention found a new home in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and performers are once again preparing to lift up their voices in the Great Smoky Mountains. The convention will take place at the LeConte Center from September 27 to October 3, 2015, and features an impressive roster of performances beginning at 9:30 each morning and ending at 11 each evening.
For arts and crafts lovers across the nation, the Great Smoky Mountains have always been a popular shopping destination. Home to one of the largest communities of artisans in the country, the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas offer a delightful variety of one-of-a-kind gifts, gorgeous artwork, and handicrafts that have their roots in centuries past.
p>High in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee, ice-crusted creeks are beginning to thaw, and the spring runoff is turning quiet streams into rushing torrents of water. Soon, the trout will appear, and for anglers from all over the country, that can only mean one thing: Fishing.
p>With the holiday season nearly behind us for another year, and the summer sun still months away, you might just find yourself contemplating your skis with a look of longing. It's time to head for the Great Smoky Mountains and some of the best outdoor fun snow lovers will find anywhere in the country.