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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will host “Thrill The World,” a worldwide attempt to break the Guinness World Record  for the largest simultaneous  dance with Michael Jackson’s Thriller  on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8:30 p.m.  Thousands of people in cities around the world will learn the Thriller dance and perform it on October 24, 2009.  Thriller Dance workshops will be taught at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies each Tuesday in October at 6 p.m., or you can learn the dance free online.  For more information or to request a free video of the Thriller dance call 325-9151 or email.
Posted: 10/21/2009 7:13:17 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Unfortunately Park officials have recently announced that next year they will be closing the 11-mile Cades Cove loop for about 3 months.  The road will be closed to all traffic from March 1 through May 21. And bad weather could extend the project.  This road work is in effort to pave the eroded pull offs which will overall improve traffic flow, so visitors will be able to pull over to view the wildlife.  

The Cades Cove campground, campground store, picnic area and horseback riding stable will remain open. Access to trails, however, will be impacted, including Abrams Falls, Cooper Road Trail, Gregory Bald and the Hannah Mountain Trail.

Posted: 10/19/2009 7:15:34 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

It has cooled off tremendously here in the Smokies over the weekend. We are seeing more and more of the changing leaves all across Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. A lot of reds and oranges have popped out over the past week and there is still plenty more to come! If you are planning on visiting the Pigeon Forge area over this fall season, it is still not too late to come! The leaves will still be beautiful throughout October into November, the perfect time to get cozy with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the Smoky Mountains, so plan that fall weekend getaway today!
Posted: 10/19/2009 7:14:50 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

As Pigeon Forge prepares for their annual Winterfest festivites, they will add a very exciting twist to this year’s kickoff.  The Duggars, stars of TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting”, will visit Pigeon Forge to flip the switch to turn on all the lights at the November 5 kickoff.  This year marks the 20th year of the Pigeon Forge Winterfest Celebration which makes it even more significant that this family of 20 will be celebrating it with us!
Posted: 10/9/2009 7:17:12 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

The fall season is beautiful in the Smokies!  Although we are not quite to the peak fall colors, we are quickly approaching!  Most predict the peak time to be at the end of October, but anytime from now until into November you will find beautiful fall colors in the mountains.  Since the higher elevations are changing now you might want to take ahike to get a great view of the mountains in this fall transition.  If you’re not much of a hiker, take a trip up to Clingmans Dome, which is only a half-mile walk and get a great view from the highest point in the Smokies without the hike!
Posted: 10/9/2009 7:16:19 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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Laughing until we had tears. I’ve never seen anything like the look on my kids’ faces when we drove down the Parkway past Pigeon Forge attractions. Our hotel was so vibrant and the staff was upbeat and helpful. Pigeon Forge is the brightest spot in the Smoky Mountains. The high energy (and clean language) shows we saw in theaters had everyone in my family clapping their hands…even “sour” Uncle George.

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