Destination & Travel

TN Smokies towns ranked among most popular 2020 travel spots

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Two towns in the Smoky Mountains were named “trending destinations” in 2020.

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Two of the trendiest U.S. travel destinations are nestled near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a new report finds.

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee ranked among the places that saw positive traveler ratings go up the most in 2020, Tripadvisor said Tuesday in a news release.

While some of the data was collected before the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism website said travelers showed increased interest in venturing to outdoor places following the introduction of coronavirus-related restrictions.

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This spot in the Florida Keys is one of the hottest travel destinations in the US

MIAMI — A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and travelers are ready to travel.



a view of a body of water: The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, one of the top U.S. vacation destinations.


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The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, one of the top U.S. vacation destinations.

And a lot of them apparently are eager to travel to Key West.

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Tripadvisor just released its 2021 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations, and Key West is among the most popular destinations for travel in the United States, falling behind New York, Maui, Las Vegas and New Orleans.

Key West’s popularity makes sense. More than half of the respondents to a recent Tripadvisor survey reported they

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