What To Do - Your Guide to the Smokies

Welcome to the beautiful place Native Americans called "Shaconage," meaning "Land of the Blue Smoke." This Cherokee name for the Great Smoky Mountains is said to come from the appearance of a bluish mist that settles on the tops of the mountains along the skyline. From western North Carolina to eastern Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park continues to captivate the hearts of its visitors.

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Sports in the Smokies

Getting 'Round the Mountains

Entertainment Ideas for the Whole Family

This region is a beloved destination for people from around the world. Every year, millions of visitors travel to this area to play in the mountains and also in the nearby cities and towns. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are filled with stellar entertainment, exquisite dining and outstanding shopping opportunities. And despite the continual popularity of the Smokies, the small-town charm of yesteryear is still very much alive. The local residents warmly greet visitors with smiles, kind words and maybe some helpful advice. Take some time to explore all that there is to see and do in this rich part of the country. This What-to-Do guide for the Smoky Mountains will help you navigate through the park and its must-see spots as well as the many local towns and attractions.

For over 25 years, Smoky Mountain tourists have relied on What-To-Do (the Original Bear Book!) for easy-to-read hiking charts, detailed maps of the area and – of course – hundreds of valuable Money-Saving Coupons! You have all of the area’s incredible live acts, natural landmarks and family amusements at your fingertips – wherever you are!