Tourism in the Smokies dates back to the 1930s and 1940s, when visitors started coming to the new Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From there, Gatlinburg became a tourism destination thanks to its crafts and its proximity to the park. By the 1970s and 1980s, Pigeon Forge was developing as a tourist stop thanks to the 1982 World's Fair and the opening of Dollywood in 1986.
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