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Myles New

East Tennessee

Dolly Parton, East Tennessee's most famous native, loves her home region so much that she's made a successful career out of singing about girls who leave the honeysuckle-scented embrace of the Smoky Mountains for the false glitter of the city. They're always sorry.


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Best Things to Do

If you're planning a trip to Chattanooga, here are some great things to add to your must-do list. 

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Day Trips

Wondering where to spend a day exploring from your home base Asheville? These are our 18 favorites.

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Located on the fringes of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg offers visitors a host of great free activities in and around the city.

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From maker-culture in Knoxville to the roots of country music, East Tennessee is a slice of Americana culture that's easy to explore from Gatlinburg.

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