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4 Benefits of Staying in Gatlinburg Cabins

Gatlinburg is a great place for a family weekend getaway or for a longer, week long family vacation. It is no secret that Gatlinburg is an incredible place and that is why visitors from all over the country visit the area each year. With so many visitors every year, there are many lodging options for you and your family to call home during your time away from home. However, there is nothing better than staying in one of the many Gatlinburg cabins. You will feel just like a local staying in a Gatlinburg cabin and that is just one of the many benefits. Here are a few more of those numerous benefits of staying in Gatlinburg cabins. Continue reading 4 Benefits of Staying in Gatlinburg Cabins

5 Reasons You Need to Visit the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

Gatlinburg is a great vacation destination for you and your family. There are so many great places to visit during your trip to Gatlinburg. It may be hard for you to choose which ones will make the cut during your trip. One must see attraction is the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. You may be thinking, “but I am afraid of heights,” or “it does not look safe”. However, both those things are not issues when you are traveling up the mountain on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. Continue reading 5 Reasons You Need to Visit the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

5 Can’t-Miss Attractions on the Gatlinburg Strip

You may be familiar with the Las Vegas Strip, but the Gatlinburg Strip in the Smoky Mountains is quickly becoming just as well known! This is an area that has an amazing number of attractions within a very concentrated area. If you’re staying in Gatlinburg, you won’t have to drive far to find all kinds of excitement and entertainment. The following are five of the most interesting attractions that are right on the Gatlinburg Strip: Continue reading 5 Can’t-Miss Attractions on the Gatlinburg Strip

Top 6 Reasons Gatlinburg TN Cabins Are the Best Lodging in the Smokies

Known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the perfect travel destination for couples and families alike. Regardless of the time of the year that you plan to visit, you’re in for a treat that combines natural beauty with a bounty of exciting activities, attractions, and events. You can round out your perfect trip when you choose to stay in one of the many excellent Gatlinburg TN cabins. Here are six reasons cabins are your best bet for a vacation in the Smokies: Continue reading Top 6 Reasons Gatlinburg TN Cabins Are the Best Lodging in the Smokies

Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade at Midnight

Come see the first 4th of July parade of the year in Gatlinburg, TN! Every year, the parade starts at midnight, and it’s the first 4th of July parade to kick off in the entire country!

The parade starts at midnight on the evening of July 3rd. The 37th annual Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade at Midnight is expected to bring over 100,000 spectators! The the city of Gatlinburg expects that it will continue to grow each year, too!

The streets will be closed to vehicles at approximately 11 p.m. on July 3rd so plan to get there early. You will want to pack a chair for your evening, so you can relax and wait on the parade to pass! You can see the parade anywhere from downtown on the main strip, so don’t sweat it too much if you have trouble finding a spot in the middle of downtown! You’ll see the same parade at the beginning and end of the route, so just find a place where you can be comfortable!

During the parade, there will be a tribute to the 5 military branches – a major highlight of the parade and rightfully so.


Also, Gatlinburg will be having a fireworks show around the same time as the Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade, which will begin about an hour after sundown. The display can be seen along most of the Parkway. The fireworks show is supposed to last around 20 minutes, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Tips for Visiting the Gatlinburg 4th of July ParadeFireworks to celebrate the 4th of July

  • Arrive early to get the best spot!
  • Pack snack and drinks so you don’t have to leave your spot!
  • If you spend the day in Gatlinburg, stop by one of the amazing restaurants in the area to grab an early dinner before the parade begins.
  • Take a few folding chairs and blankets to make you comfortably while you wait.
  • Don’t forget your camera!

If you won’t be in Gatlinburg, you can check out the 4th of July fireworks in Pigeon Forge. The Pigeon Forge event will have free concerts on July 4th. The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge events are both free and will be a great time for the entire family! We can’t wait to see you soon!