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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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