Vacationing In Bear Country? What To Know Before You Go

If you’re heading out to get away from it all, chances are good you’re heading into bear country. If you don’t live with bears at home (or even if you do), it’s good to get BearWise before you hit the road. Bears are never on vacation. Bears can’t pack up and get away from people; bears that live in…

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10 Fun Indoor (Rainy Day) Activities in Gatlinburg

Pouring rain, hot days or cold snaps don’t have to bring you down in Gatlinburg. This little mountain town is brimming with indoor entertainment. Here are 10 climate-controlled outings that never feel like a backup plan. Go ice skating at Ober Mountain’s indoor arena. Open year-round, the rink is…

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Tune In to Gatlinburg’s Music Scene

Set Your Gatlinburg Getaway to Song! Music lovers, listen up! Gatlinburg doesn’t miss a beat with entertainment, from live shows to road trip playlists. Here are some suggestions for getting in the Gatlinburg groove. Choose from several Spotify playlists curated by Visit Gatlinburg for your…

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5 Budget-Friendly Summer Fun Ideas in Gatlinburg

Calling all penny pinchers! If the best things in life are free, there’s no need to break the bank this June in Gatlinburg. Our mountain town has offered affordable fun and free things to do for generations. Here are a few of our favorite ways to have big fun for little (or no!) cost and be sure to…

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10 Ways to Cool Off in Gatlinburg

Coming to Gatlinburg on vacation this summer? You’ll enjoy warm days with lots of sunshine and cool nights. Our topography keeps things temperate most of the time, but you won’t find it difficult to work up a bit of a sweat while you’re exploring the city or Great Smoky Mountains National Park on…

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Fun Things to Do for the Whole Family in Gatlinburg

Where a kid can be a kid. Whether your a kid from the country or from the city, kids will find plenty to keep them interested, engaged and entertained in the surrounding scenic mountains or in attraction-packed downtown Gatlinburg. We’re one of the best family-friendly vacation destinations for…

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6 Holidays to Celebrate in Gatlinburg This June

June always brings people together to celebrate in the Smokies, and Gatlinburg knows how to have a good time! Here are six reasons to gather in the mountains this month: Donut Day sweetens the deal on the first Friday of June, inviting you to savor one of America’s favorite treats. Whether you…

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12 Hidden Gems in Gatlinburg

Whether you’re a seasoned Gatlinburg traveler or a first-time guest, these 12 off-the-beaten-path local favorites are sure to delight. Pack them all in one trip or multiple visits to see Gatlinburg from a whole new perspective. At Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill you can eat like a local at this…

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BearWise Vacation Tips

You are in bear country, so there’s a good chance you’ll see black bears here, even if you never go into the woods. Don’t leave food, trash or pet food outdoors when no one is around. A few seconds is all it takes for a hungry bear to swipe it. Feeding bears or using food to encourage bears to…

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Bear Encounters: Ways To Avoid, How To Respond

There are lots of simple steps you can take to discourage bears from getting into your stuff and avoid bear encounters. Teaching bears to associate cars, trails, campsites and people with food doesn’t just put a damper on your outdoor fun. It also creates unnecessary risk for you and your family and…

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