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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often referred to as the Wildflower National Park because of the great diversity of flowers found in the park. A group of flowers known as spring ephemerals appear above ground only in late winter and early spring.

Included in this group are flowers such as lady slipper orchids, showy orchids, crested dwarf iris, fire pink, columbine, bleeding heart, phacelia, jack-in-the-pulpit, little brown jugs, and violets.

The Deep Creek Trail, Gregory Ridge Trail, and Oconaluftee River Trail are great trails for viewing spring wildflowers. For more information on these walks, visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/wildflower-walks.htm.


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg, TN - A Top 10 Family Award-Winning Great Destination to Discover.

Today, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its inaugural 2011 Travelers’ Choice® Family award-winning best family destinations. Gatlinburg, TN ranked #6 in the top 10 Great U.S. Destinations to discover.

Winning destinations were identified based on the greatest number of recommendations from reviewers who traveled with family.  Unlike any other honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. Winning destinations offer a myriad of opportunities for families, including first rate attractions, restaurants, and vacation rentals.

Come experience for yourself why Gatlinburg, TN made the Top 10 list. For things to do in Gatlinburg, TN visit GatlinburgConcierge.com

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Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort and an amusement park that guarantees a good time for the whole family. Great winter activities at Ober Gatlinburg include skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and tubing. There are many attractions designed just for kids such as the wildlife encounter, carousel, mini golf and an arcade.

For the times when it is just too cold to be outside, visit a museum or one of the many haunted houses in Gatlinburg. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has educational presentations, exciting dive shows, and hands on stations where kids can pet a stingray or hold a horseshoe crab. Not to mention the 12-foot sharks and thousands of exotic sea creatures.

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There are just a few days left in your vacation from work and school, and before you head back you should take a day to relax in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. A great place to take an individual or group shot photo is by the old style entrance signs as you enter the park from any direction. They are uniform in appearance, and pictures are a great way to remember your day of activities. This is a fun way to start a new tradition, every year when you visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park you can take your picture by the entrance signs to show how you and the park change year to year.

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midnight-at-the-new-yearGrab your family and head over the Pigeon Forge for the 28th annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Located in the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center, the celebration includes fireworks, dozens of lights, and its own New Year’s countdown.

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If you’re visiting the Gatlinburg area this holiday season and need to get out of the cold, visit the Hollywood Star Car Museum in downtown Gatlinburg featuring some of the best cars from Hollywood movies, TV, and real life music superstar cars that you are sure to remember! They have classics from The Dukes of Hazzard and the Beverly Hillbillies, as well as new Blockbluster hits, such as The Fast and the Furious and Gone in 60 seconds. This is a great activity for the whole family, and a great way to spend time together this holiday season.

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12Built in 2001, the  Museum of Aviation is located in Sevierville near Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge airport runway. This unique location allows for the history of aviation to be brought to life by the vintage aircrafts flying overhead for the visitors. The mission of the museum is to honor the history of aviation and to advance aviation education. The museum offers daily tours, children’s programs, school field trips, an in-museum theater, lecture series, a modeling expo, and more. A few exhibits you will find in the museum are the artifacts gallery, a huge aircraft hangar, and a PBY-5A 104 wingspan aircraft. Warbirds Weekend is once every spring and every fall, which attracts numerous visiting airplanes providing extra photo opportunities and exciting flyby formations. This is truly a place that everyone must see to appreciate.  

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