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The city of Knoxville is nestled in East Tennessee where it is also blessed by an abundance of beautiful surrounding landmarks like the Tennessee River, the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains, and the equally breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knoxville is a hot destination for outdoor adventure, fine food, festivals, and award-winning music and theatre, as well as outdoor attractions.
Pigeon Forge is a popular vacation area in eastern Tennessee and is the home of Dollywood, country singer Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed park consisting of rides, an adjoining water park and a museum of her costumes and memorabilia. The city’s other attractions include country music revues like the Smoky Mountain Opry, dinner theaters such as Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and many outlet malls.
Gatlinburg, a mountain town in eastern Tennessee, is known as a gateway to the roughly 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many of its key attractions offer sweeping views of the neighboring park, including the 407-ft. Space Needle observation tower and the Sky Lift, a 2.1-mile aerial cable car that journeys from Downtown to the popular amusement park and a ski resort complex at Ober Gatlinburg.
Cocke County is where your natural adventure is waiting. Nestled in the shadows of the majestic mountains of East Tennessee, Cocke County is full of hidden treasures and outdoor recreation - all waiting to be discovered. The southern part of Cocke County is located within the Great Smoky Mountains. The county's highest point is Old Black, which rises to 6,370 feet (1,940 m) in the Smokies along the county's border with North Carolina.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee is sometimes referred to as the "Secret City." It was purpose-built by the United States government to develop the Manhattan Project during World War II. Although the population of 75,000 made Oak Ridge the fifth largest city in Tennessee, using approximately 13% of the nation's electricity, few Americans knew that it existed. Oak Ridge was declassified in 1949, but it remains home to national security interests.
Located north of Knoxville, Union County has something for everyone. Nestled in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, you'll find a deep emerald lake and marinas for all types of water recreation, museums, historic landmarks, quaint shops, and wide open spaces perfect for viewing wildlife or enjoying an outdoor adventure. Union County is home to legendary and popular musicians such as Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff and Kenny Chesney.
Just south of Knoxville, Loudon County is touted as the Lakeway to the Smokies, with several lakes and rivers embracing and enhancing the county, including Fort Loudoun, Tellico, Watts Bar and Melton Hill Lakes and the Tennessee and Clinch Rivers. Visit historic sites and enjoy lakeside parks, restaurants, boating, fishing, golfing, shopping in downtown Lenoir City, and many other relaxing outdoor activities in the Loudon County region.
Nestled in the lush valley between the Great Smoky Mountains and the rugged Clinch Mountain, Morristown and the Hamblen County region is just a short 45 minute drive Knoxville and from the mountain resort towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. Enjoy two beautiful lakes, an active arts and culture community, golfing, outdoor activities and events, shopping in the historic district, and much more.
Sevierville, Tennessee, offers everything a family could want in a Smoky Mountain adventure. Sevierville, is just outside of Pigeon Forge. Attractions range from museums warbird aircraft to NASCAR themed go-kart tracks, underground cave tours, petting zoos, ziplines, golf courses and even interactive mini-golf courses. The county seat of Sevier County, Dolly's statue is located in downtown Sevierville.
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