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The closest thing to fine dining you can find in the park is a hot dog or burger at the snack bar in Cades Cove or a Coke from a vending machine at a visitor center. If you’re up to a 14- or 15-mile round-trip hike, there is a dining room at LeConte Lodge, which offers lunch. (Overnight guests get breakfast and dinner at the lodge.) You can create your own gourmet dining with an alfresco picnic

at one of the park's 11 attractive picnic areas.

Outside the park you'll find many more dining options, from fast food to fine dining, the latter especially in Asheville, which is known for its farm-to-table, locavore food culture. On the Tennessee side, both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, which might just rank among the most touristy towns in the country, have myriad fast-food and family dining choices.

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