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Townsend
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3. Townsend

If you are planning a getaway and you literally want to get away from everything and relax and unwind and a small and scenic town, you can’t go wrong with visiting Townsend. There are only about 500 people living there, and after you send a week there, you’ll feel as if you know all of them personally.

It’s a peaceful and quiet little town that is located right next to the Little River region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

If you are looking for the best places in Tennessee for outdoor activities, Townsend should definitely be at the top of your list. And if you enjoy arts and crafts, you literally could spend a fortune shopping around town.

Believe it or not, there was a short period in time when this town was actually very busy and bustling. Around the 1930s, it became a very crowded and industrious lumber community. However, that ended as soon as the national park was established.

When you come to Townsend these days, you can truly expect nothing but peace, quiet and relaxation.

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