Bleubird - East Tennessee Roadtrip

Meet the Kicinski Mccoys

In 2008, James Kicinski McCoy started as a companion to her then-clothing store, Bleubird Vintage. Today, some 1 million readers a month visit her blog, which has evolved into a personal outlet for sharing the things she loves, daily inspirations, and family photos along with random thoughts, stories and family adventures.

We invited James and her family to take a trip to East Tennessee and share their experience with the world. Always up for an adventure, they packed their bags and headed out on a four-day vacation. Look below to see the stops they made along the way and start planning a reunion that can only be Made in Tennessee.


  • STOP 1 of 9

    Wilderness at the Smokies

    The ultimate Smoky Mountain resort for you and the family. Featuring three amazing waterparks, indoor laser tag and a three-story ropes course, Wilderness at the Smokies takes adventure to a new level.

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  • Stop 2 of 9


    With the gorgeous Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, there’s only one thing that can rival Dollywood’s beauty: the rides. Thrilling roller coasters, daring water excursions, family rides and kiddie adventures give everyone a chance to scream with excitement.

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  • Stop 3 of 9

    Dixie Stampede

    Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction is a true slice of Americana. This extravaganza is packed with horse-riding stunts, special effects and big music productions. It all comes together with a patriotic salute featuring “Color Me America,” written and recorded by Dolly.

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  • Stop 4 of 9

    Ripley’s Aquarium

    Solve the mysteries of the ocean 1,200 feet above sea level at TripAdvisor’s top-ranked aquarium in the country. With more than 10,000 exotic sea creatures ranging from penguins to sharks, Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies has more sea life than Gatlinburg has residents.

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  • Stop 5 of 9

    Ober Gatlinburg

    Its adventure knows no bounds. One minute you’re soaring above the Smokies on an aerial tramway, and the next you’re flying down the mountain on an alpine slide. Open year-round, Ober Gatlinburg has a wide range of outdoor adventures, including water raft rides, winter skiing and snowboarding.

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  • Stop 6 of 9

    Smoky Mountain Zip Lines

    Here having your head in the clouds takes on a completely different meaning. Experience the supreme beauty of the Smokies in a whole new way at the largest zipline course in Pigeon Forge. Both kids (above the age of 5) and adults are welcome to ride.

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  • Stop 7 of 9

    Scenic Mountain Vista

    The panoramic views are just the beginning. Home to 412 different wildlife species and more than 700 miles of streams, Smoky Mountain National Park is full of sights still waiting to be discovered. Hike one of the endless trails or cut through the range on a guided white-water rafting tour to see the Smokies in a whole new way.

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  • Stop 8 of 9

    Titanic Museum

    Calling it a museum doesn’t do it justice. It’s an experience unlike any other. The Titanic Museum boasts the largest display of Titanic artifacts found anywhere on earth. Visit to see how life was before and after the worlds most luxurious ship crashed into that dreaded iceberg.

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  • Stop 9 of 9

    NASCAR Speedpark

    Feel the rush of a family vacation with a day full of thrilling rides. The Speedpark features eight different go kart tracks, bumper boats, amusement rides, miniature golf and a state of the art arcade.

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  • Wilderness at
    the Smokies
  • Dollywood
    Pigeon Forge
  • Dixie
  • Ripley’s
  • Ober
  • Smoky MTN
    Zip Lines
  • Scenic
  • Titanic

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