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Top 5 Places to See All Your Favorite Smoky Mountain Wildlife

The Smokies are famous for their diversity of animal life. From mighty blacks bear to resilient salamanders, there are so many wonderful species to discover when you visit! However, there are some spots that really stand out when it comes to how easy it will be to observe these fantastic animals. To help you plan for your trip, here are 5 of the best places to view all of your favorite Smoky Mountain wildlife. Read more

firefly village at anakeesta
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Top 10 Gatlinburg Attractions to Add to Your Bucket List

When you visit the Smoky Mountains, there is so much fun to be had! Gatlinburg has endless opportunities for both excitement and relaxation. When you plan your vacation, you’ll have so many activities to choose from. You’ll want to plan more than one trip just to fit in all the fun! We’ve put together a guide of the top 10 Gatlinburg attractions to add to your bucket list. Read more

A beautiful photo of downtown Gatlinburg and the mountains
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Top 7 Attractions in Gatlinburg with the Best Views

Gatlinburg is home to some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever see! From the sparkling downtown area to the majesty of the Smoky Mountains, you’re sure to been amazed at the beauty in and around this town. To help you make the most of your trip, here are 7 attractions in Gatlinburg that offer some of the best views. Read more

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
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Best 6 Smoky Mountain Coasters You Don’t Want to Miss

No trip to the Smokies is complete without a thrilling ride on one of the mountain coasters! Unlike a traditional roller coaster, you can control your own speed and glide along at your own pace. On certain coasters, you can even share the experience with a friend or family member as you ride in the same cart. To help you plan for your trip, here are 6 of the best Smoky Mountain coasters that you don’t want to miss! Read more

Beautiful mountain views from Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.
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6 Things to Do at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg with Your Family

If you’re looking for a fun and unique family experience, Anakeesta in Gatlinburg should be at the top of your list! From ziplines and treetops canopy walks to shopping and dining, there is something for everyone to love. To help you make the most of your trip, here are 6 things to do while you’re at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg with your family. Read more

Stunning Smoky Mountain views from the Foothills Parkway.
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Top 6 Kid-Friendly Smoky Mountain Hikes

If you’re trying to pass your love for hiking and the outdoors on to your kids, we have the perfect trails for you to visit with them! The Smokies are full of rich history and beautiful views that will keep the whole family coming back for more. The only problem is trying to decide which trails to visit first! To help you choose which ones are best for your family, here are the top 6 kid-friendly, Smoky Mountain hikes. Read more

Village Christmas in Gatlinburg
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8 Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains During the Holidays

The Smoky Mountains come alive during the holidays. With millions of twinkling lights and decorations all around you, there is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a visit to Gatlinburg! Even though the holiday season can get expensive, your vacation to the Smokies doesn’t have to be. To help you have a budget-friendly Christmas vacation, we’ve put together a list of 8 free things to do in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains during the holidays. Read more

The exterior of Ripley's Odditorium in Gatlinburg.
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See What’s New at the Redesigned Ripley’s Odditorium in Gatlinburg

If you haven’t been to Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium in Gatlinburg, TN in a little while, you’re in for a real treat! This hugely popular attraction recently reopened after 9 months of extensive renovations. Boasting a completely new look and lots of fresh artifacts and exhibits, the revamped Odditorium is definitely worth a visit. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to all of the exciting changes to Ripley’s Odditorium in Gatlinburg. Read more

The outside of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.
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8 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

A little rain is nothing to worry about when you vacation in the Smokies! The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are home to a variety of excellent indoor attractions, so you will find plenty of great entertainment if the weather outside is less than ideal. To help you prepare for your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to eight of the best things to do on a rainy day in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Read more

The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway with trees in the background.
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A Fun Twist on a Classic Attraction: Ober Gatlinburg’s Ice Bumper Cars

This summer, the Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park introduced a brand new attraction that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before! Visitors to Ober can now zoom around the park’s ice rink on special “ice bumper cars.” Combining the fun of gliding on ice with the demolition derby-style thrills of riding in a bumper car, a spokesperson for Ober has described the activity as “a fun twist on a classic attraction.” To help you plan your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Ober Gatlinburg ice bumper cars. Read more