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Townsend

Trip Planner USA  /  Tennessee  /  Townsend
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Things to do: nature, theme parks, museums

Peaceful Side of the Smokies

The quietest of the three main entrances to the World Heritage-listed national park encompassing part of the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend is a low-key town. The village of just 400 residents houses a handful of affordable restaurants and motels and is much less commercialized than other cities in this area that cater to tourists. Home to various Native American tribes for thousands of years, Townsend offers visitors a chance to see the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies"--an area renowned for its staggeringly diverse plant and animal life. In addition to several shops catering to nature lovers and adventure-seekers, the city contains a heritage center dedicated to preserving various aspects of the region's rich Appalachian history and culture. Customize your holiday with our United States family vacation planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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Where to stay

You'll find limited accommodation options in the tiny town of Townsend. You have the choice of a few privately owned bed and breakfasts, which offer a good selection of amenities including fitness facilities, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, in-room fireplaces, steam showers, and hot tubs. For a more outdoorsy experience of the Great Smoky Mountains, research the area's tent and trailer campgrounds; many provide hookups for both cable TV and high-speed Internet.
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