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Gatlinburg Tenn - Vacation in the Smokies

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Gatlinburg, bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a natural base for discovering the beauty and grandeur of the Smokies. With 9 million visitors annually, Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding area is a popular vacation spot with a multitude of attractions that the whole family will enjoy.

Visitors will find an array of accommodations that range from secluded Gatlinburg cabins to lavish chalets and spacious villas as well as conveniently located hotels in downtown Gatlinburg.

Whitewater Rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains
Visitors will discover a variety of outdoor activities in the Smokies including sightseeing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and fishing. The Pigeon River offers an amazing rafting adventure for young and old as well as beginners or experienced rafters. The lower section of the Pigeon River is perfect for young or inexperienced rafters with mainly Class I and II rapids (there's one Class III rapid at the end). More adventurous rafters will want to speed down the Upper Section of the Pigeon River and experience thrilling Class III & Class IV rapids with names like the Roller Coaster, Too Late, Power House, Vegamatic, Lost Guide and Accelerator!

During the fall months visitors come to see the stunning display of color found throughout the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Fall colors start appearing at higher elevations as early as the middle of September, while the peak of the fall colors usually reaches middle to lower elevations from the middle of October until the first week in November. Most visitors come to see the beautiful display during the last 3 weeks in October.

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