Gatlinburg, Tennessee

GATLINBURG, TENN. (WSMV) - Even with a year of unknown battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Gatlinburg has managed to come out on top being number one in the list of trending destinations in the U.S., according to TripAdvisor

In the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is an ideal base for any family that may be looking to explore.

After you are finished hiking, fishing, horseback riding or even rafting down the river, you can get a view of it all by visiting the Gatlinburg Space Needle and travel 342 feet to the top for breathtaking views of the Smokies.

"This is a significant accomplishment following a difficult year," says Tennessee Governor Bill Lee in a tweet. "Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our tourism and hospitality industry partners have shown tremendous resilience and a commitment to keep our visitors and communities safe."

Coming in the top 5 on the list was also Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 4th place.

Moral of the story, visit the Great Smokey Mountains for an unforgettable time. Whether you like to be indoors or out hiking and exploring nature, the Great Smokey Mountains is for anyone. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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