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View Poll Results: Which town?
Gatlinburg, TN 8 40.00%
Asheville, NC 12 60.00%
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Old 08-16-2015, 06:51 AM
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Which of the two Southern Appalachian mountain towns do you prefer? Which has better scenery, surrounding areas (mountains), vibe, and activities within the towns? Both are nice places, but with different vibes. Overall, I prefer Gatlinburg. There's a lot more to do in the town, especially in Ober Gatlinburg. Also the surrounding mountains cannot be beat, especially the Tremont/Cades Cove area for hiking. Newfound Gap and Clingman's Dome are beautiful as well, plus the town is surrounded by a lot of high peaks nearby, especially Mount Le Conte. Near Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway around Mount Mitchell is beautiful as well.
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:28 AM
Location: alexandria, VA
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Asheville is a real town. Gatlinburg is just a tourist trap.
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Old 08-16-2015, 02:15 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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I like both equally but they are totally different. They both have plenty to do. I think Gatlinburg is more touristy. If I had to live in one or the other, I'd chose Asheville.
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Old 08-16-2015, 06:13 PM
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Asheville triumphs in this lopsided battle. It's superiority in all applicable categories allows it this victory.
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:50 PM
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I like Gatlinburg's location better -- but the town itself is a tourist hole. It's basically like going to the fair.

It's great for kids, but as an adult, it wears on you quickly.
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:45 PM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Hard to compare these two places- one is an absolutely touristy little town of a couple thousand people, the other is one of the only decent-sized mountain cities in the Southeast and the anchor to a moderately sized metropolitan area of 400,000+ people.

Regardless, I'd take Asheville in a heartbeat. Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge is awful, in my opinion, like Branson or Myrtle Beach set in the mountains. Gatlinburg is known for cheesy amusement parks and outlet shops; Asheville is known for having great craft beer, foodie, and music scenes.

Scenery is a toss-up; Gatlinburg is closer to GSMNP but the Blue Ridge Parkway goes right through the city, providing access to the national park and places like the Black Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, and most of the NC High Country. Also, it's a straight shot to the beach (4 hours to Charleston) and a little over 2 hours to Charlotte, if you need big city amenities.
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:07 PM
Location: Atlanta
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This isn't lopsided, but they are so different.

Asheville is more of an actual city where more people actual live and the economy is more typical of traditional city.

Gatlinburg is a tourist city (not trap) right next to the Great Smokey Mountains. There isn't much buildable land. It is very much wedged in the mountains. Asheville is actually built on a sizable amount of flatter lands around a river that is surrounded by mountains.

In Gatlinburg most development is actually pushed towards Pigeon Forge and Sevierville these days.
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