Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East is a crime museum featuring an in depth look at American Crime History - which includes artifacts from Alcatraz - but this is not a museum dedicated solely to Alcatraz. Explore American History from a different perspective Five unique galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, … Continue reading Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Mountain Farm Museum

Highlights: historic buildings, visitor center, walking trailsOconaluftee offers both a visitor center and the Mountain Farm Museum - a collection of historic log buildings gathered from throughout the Smoky Mountains and preserved on a single site. Buildings include a house, barn, applehouse, springhouse, and smokehouse.At the visitor center, rangers can answer your questions about the park … Continue reading Mountain Farm Museum


The Lost Sea is in the Craighead Caverns cave system.  The tour is quite interesting, with something for everyone. Geology aficionados will surely appreciate one of its geological features - the anthodites (rare, spiky crystalline structures also known as cave flowers) - found in abundance here.   The return trip is uphill, and fairly steep, so … Continue reading THE LOST SEA – MASSIVE UNDERGROUND CAVE AND LAKE!

Parrot Mountain

When you pull up to Parrott Mountain, you’ll see a 200 foot of dry stacked stone fence like the ones you see in Ireland. A replica of Thomas Kinkade's Stairway to Paradise. As you start down the beautiful landscaped paved pathways, you will come to these unique parrot cottages which house the parrots. With each … Continue reading Parrot Mountain

Aunt Becky and the Becky Cable House

I became interested in Aunt Becky during one of my trips to Cades Cove. I have visited the Cable house a number of times but for some reason this time the story caught my eye. Aunt Becky must have been an incredible woman. She ran a store and boarding house, took care of her ailing … Continue reading Aunt Becky and the Becky Cable House

Hollywood Wax Museum

Never thought you’d meet a star or pop culture icon? Your brush with fame starts here! You’ll rub elbows with Hollywood luminaries and laugh it up while posing for your own inspired pictures. Props are provided to make it even more fun! Imagine you pumping iron with Hollywood heavyweights, taking the stage with singing superstars, … Continue reading Hollywood Wax Museum

Christmas In Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Too early to think about Christmas?   Normally I would say yes, but if you are thinking about a Smoky Mountain vacation around the holidays, this is the time to plan it! If you have never visited Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg around the holidays, you are missing out on an amazing display of lights, decorations and … Continue reading Christmas In Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Gatlinburg Sky Lift Park is the home of North America's longest pedestrian suspension bridge: Gatlinburg SkyBridge. At the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, guests will experience the best views of the beautiful Smoky Mountains and the town of Gatlinburg. Come relax and enjoy the views! History In the winter of 1953, local innkeeper Rel Maples contacted Everett … Continue reading Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

5 Interesting Facts About Douglas Lake to Know Before You Go

1. BASSMASTER Top 100 Lake Douglas Lake has been named a BASSMASTER Top 100 Lake! Bassmaster Magazine is known as the “Bible of today’s bass fishermen,” so if you love to fish, this is the perfect lake for you to visit. Douglas Lake is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for largemouth bass … Continue reading 5 Interesting Facts About Douglas Lake to Know Before You Go

The Walker Sisters

With the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hundreds of families were asked to move out of their mountain homes. Some went willingly, and others fought against it, but most families moved immediately. A select few, including the six unmarried Walker sisters, received a special lifetime lease—a chance to live out the rest of … Continue reading The Walker Sisters