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a mall, an aquarium and other restaurants on the main drag. Gatlinburg also boasts a Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley, a space needle, Guinness and Ripley museums, miniature golf and more than 400 specialty shops. An aerial tram provides a unique view of the town. After crawling through the traffic, we located the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community outside of town, where the work of more than 120 mountain artisans is displayed. We browsed through many shops, studios and galleries along an eightmile loop and admired the work of skilled traditional craftspeople, in-

night that contrasted starkly with the peace and quiet of our nights at Lakeview in Bryson City. After partaking of the Lodge’s complimentary breakfast, we drove down the “Parkway,” U.S. Route 441, the main street that runs north to south though the center of Gatlinburg. Hot rods, motorcycles and ordinar y tourist traf f ic crawled along bumper to bumper on the twolane Parkway lined with parked cars on both sides. Long lines stretched out from popular pancake houses located next to hotels, tourist shops,

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