Tuesday, May 27, 2014


At NASCAR Speedpark Smoky Mountains, you can have unlimited fun and play all day for one low price. There are 24 rides and attractions at the Speedpark in Sevierville, TN, and it is conveniently located across from Wal-Mart and next to T.G.I. Fridays, on the Parkway.

For racing fans there are 8 tracks ranging from the quarter-mile D oval Smoky Mountains Speedway where you can drive a 3/8 scale version of an actual Sprint Cup car, to Baby Bristol, a chance for kids to drive their very own car around a 200-foot starter tracks.

The other tracks include The Competitor - a short track with lots of banking; The Intimidator - a track for those looking for a challenge; Slidewayz - a 750-foot slick track; Family 500 - an hourglass shaped road course for rookies and pros; Young  champions - an 1,100-foot tracks for all ages; and The Qualifier - a beginner's track where you can get a taste of the real thing! Most of the tracks have a height or age restriction or require a driver's license.

And there are plenty of other things to do when you are done driving. Bumper Boats, The Arcade, Rock Climbing Wall, Fantasy Golf and Starship 3000, a
                                                      thrilling, spinning spaceship ride.

Kids will love their choices for fun which includes the Kiddie Speedway, Rockingham Railroad, Stock Caro'sel, Tot Rods, Tubs of Fun, The Scrambler, Tilt-a-Whirl and an Indoor Playground. Of course there is plenty of food and drinks and plenty of clothing, die casts and memorabilia at the NASCAR Merchandise Store.

NASCAR Speedpark is great for Birthday Parties, Reunions, Family get-togethers, School outings and Church groups, and is the place if you are looking for a fun-filled day with plenty of activities in a safe, enclosed, and easy to get to location.

All this week you can win All Day Admission Passes for Two to NASCAR Speedpark by entering Best Read Guide's Facebook Contest at this link https://www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains.

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And for Smoky Mountain coupons and information click http://www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


     The Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa in Pigeon Forge, TN, will let you travel back in time and experience the Smokies as the early settlers did 200 years ago. America's settlers crossed the mountains on horseback seeing these Smoky Mountains and valleys for the very first time, and you can recreate this feeling of discovery and relaxation. Ponderosa also has V.I.P. rides for small kids and adults and Big Guy horses - when they are available - for folks over 250 pounds.

Beautiful, trail-ride horses at Big Rock Dude Ranch.
Little ones and horses-great vacation memories!
Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa has a #1 Rating for safety from Gilliham and Associates, and provides a 4-minute safety video to view and loading ramps for ease of 'saddling up'. Their horses are in tip-top shape and the stables are clean and safe. But horseback riding is not the only thing to do at Ponderosa.

ATV Rides in the Great Smoky Mountains.The truly adventurous can hop onto one of their
4x4 ATV's and take a guided ATV ride through the foothills of the Smokies. You will start in the valley area near the ranch, then once you can handle the vehicle you will drive through creeks and along mountain trails. You will go through some of the most beautiful mountain areas around. You could even go up the mountain to the top for a beautiful view of the Great Smoky Mountains!
The ATV ride is about 1 hour long.

Gem Mining at Big Rock Dude Ranch.Relaxing family vacations in the Smokies.
There are also many relaxing outdoor family activities to do at Ponderosa. You can fish in their well-stocked pond, mine for gems at the gem mine, and enjoy the animals at the petting zoo. Eat lunch or grab snack from Chow-Boys Cafe, shop at the Gift Shop, or tour the Heritage Museum containing treasures and 
                                                      relics from the Civil War, plus local primitives.

A trip to Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa could be a horseback or ATV ride or an all-day family adventure. For more Ponderosa information click http://horseridingbigrock.com/index.php.
For area information and coupons go to http://www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/, and you can win Horseback Riding Tickets for Two from Ponderosa by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest. To enter click on the Facebook link.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Zipline with Climbworks Canopy

Climbworks in Gatlinburg offers Zipline adventures and Mountain Biking with great views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They promise that your feet won't touch the ground for 2-1/2 hours!

Zipline at ClimbWorks CanopyPart of the Mountain Bike trail at Climbworks

There are 9 World-Class Ziplines, a true Treetop Educational Tour, 3 Sky Bridges to experience and a
4-wheel adventure when you take the Zipline package. You will have views of the National Park as you zip and walk the bridges through the woods, and you will do all of this
                                                      with unmatched safety and quality.

Leisure mountain bike trail at ClimbworksLooks like so much fun mountain biking at ClimbworksThe Climbworks Mountain Biking package provides the trail, the bikes and the experience. The bikes are full-suspension Trek Bikes and you ride on a world-class designed flow trail packed with rollers, berms, logs, bridges, and incredible wood features to give you all the excitement you'll want out of a mountain ride. For the beginner Climbworks provides Bike Experts to give you pointers and help you have an incredible time.

Climbworks is giving away tow FREE Mountain Bike tickets in conjunction with the Best Read Guide Facebook page. Go to https://www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains and follow the easy steps to enter.

For coupons and additional information about activities, attractions, theaters, dining and shopping in the Great Smoky Mountains, click www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Smoky Mountain Springfest - Sevierville, Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

It may be hard to believe, but the leaves are budding and the daffodils are in full bloom in the Tennessee Smokies, and this means that Springfest in the Smokies has begun! This is a great time to visit the Smokies; traffic is not as heavy, the weather is pleasant and most of the theaters, attractions, restaurants and accommodations are open and ready for your business.

Rod Runs Pigeon Forge, Tn
Pigeon Forge is known for their car shows and Rod Runs, and the Pigeon Forge Rod Run kicks off the season on April 11-14. There you can see thousands of classic Fords, Chevy's, GMCs and Gold Wing motorcycles. The cars are beautifully restored to their original beauty and many owners are there to sell or swap. There are also sales of other related items like car parts and Rod Run merchandise. Pack your cooler, grab your lawn chairs and plop down
                                                             on the Parkway to enjoy the chrome parade.

Dolly Parton Parade in Pigeon Forge, TN
The Incomparable Dolly leads her parade
Another Parkway event is the annual Dolly Parade with Grand Marshall Dolly Parton. Dolly leads a wonderful parade filled with marching bands, horse patrols, clowns, Shriners and floats filled with singers and dancers from the area theaters and personnel and equipment from the area attractions. You will see lumberjacks, zipliners, whitewater rafters and more. This is a parade that will be enjoyed by every member of your group or family.

Gatlinburg Beans & Cornbread Blast

Other events include Music of the Mountains at three locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, April 25-27, 2014, Gatlinburg's Beans and Cornbread Blast on May 8, and the amazing Synchronous Fireflies event in early June. Check with the National Park for details.
Amazing Synchronous Fireflies
Amazing Synchronous Fireflies

Lovely weather, trees and flowers in bloom, and unique things to do are all good reasons to visit the Tennessee Smoky Mountains in the Spring. 

For more information and coupons for theaters, attractions, dining, shopping and accommodations, please visit the Best Read Guide website at www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com



Next to Heaven Ziplines & Horse Rides

NEXT TO HEAVEN is located on Wears Valley Road on the way to Townsend from Pigeon Forge, TN, and is a scenic and fun place to spend the day ziplining and horseback riding and is just a short drive to Cades Cove, one of the most visited places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Beautufil Views at Next to Heaven RanchThe Zipline is one of the longest in the Smokies and there are 9 lines for you to choose from so you can soar above the trees.

Experience the rush as you soar over the trees from mountain to mountain and take in the breathtaking views of Wears Valley, TN.

Zipline at Next to Heaven Ranch
Great for you next group adventure - zipline at Next to Heaven RanchYou will be assisted by a trained staff and outfitted with a harness, helmet and all appropriate gear. This is some high-flying fun!

Unguided tours at Next to Heaven Ranch

The hour-long unguided horseback ride is the only unguided horseback ride in the Smokies and winds through more than 45 acres with some of the best scenery in the Smoky Mountains. It's a 2-mile trail that gives you overlooks to 7 different mountain ranges and views all the way to North Carolina. Ride Appy, Stormy, Big Red, Dakota or any of our gentle horses.

This is fun for the your group or the entire family.

You can also win FREE Tickets for a Zipline and Horseback Combo for Two by entering the 
click on the Next To Heaven Contest Post and "Like" it. Fill in your name and you are entered? 
The winner will be posted on our page and then notified by email.

For more information and coupons for things to do and see, and places to eat and shop in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, click on www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Cinco de Mayo in the Smoky Mountains
Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for "fifth of May" and is a celebration day in the United States to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over the invading army of France on May 5th, 1861. Napoleon III was seeking to establish a Latin-American stronghold following the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848.
It began in the Mexican-American communities in the American West and today is celebrated as a day of Mexican heritage and pride. For non-Mexicans it is an opportunity to eat Mexican food and drink Mexican beer and perhaps get a T-shirt from your favorite Mexican Restaurant.
Villa Zapata Mexican Cantina Pigeon Forge, TNIf you live in or are visiting the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, one of the best places to celebrate Cinco De Mayo is Villa Zapata. 
On Cinco de Mayo they will be offering lunch and dinner specials on Fajitas and Chimichangas, a Nacho appetizer special and draft and bottled beer specials.
Villa Zapata serves up authentic Mexican cuisine daily and has a Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm. Click here to view their menu.

Another place to enjoy a Cinco de Mayo celebration is T.G.I. Friday's with food and beverage specals from 4pm to close. is another reason to come to the Smoky Mountain cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg  and Sevierville. Plan a three-day weekend and spend the day enjoying the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, shopping, seeing live shows, having fun on the dozens of attractions in the area, playing outdoors, and on Monday celebrate Cinco de Mayo Smokies Style! For more information or coupons on things to do and places to eat in the Smokies click www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.