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Tennessee Tourist Attractions Ranked According to Attendance
Rank
'12
'11AttractionPhone
Website
Parent company
'12 attendanceEmployees:
Total
FT/PT
Seasonal
Description
Top local executive
Founded/renovated
11Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-1200
nps.gov/grsm
National Park Service
9,008,835
362
168/38
156
800 square miles of national park with recreational and educational opportunities
Dale Ditmanson
Superintendent
1934/NA
22Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
800 DOLLYWOOD
dollywood.com
Herschend Family Entertainment
2,369,000
598
241/NA
357
The Smoky Mountain Family Adventure
Craig Ross
President
1986/NA
33TRipley's Aquarium of the Smokies/Ripley's Entertainment TN
88 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
888-240-1358
ripleysaquariumofthesmokies.com
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
2,100,000
300
150/150
NA
1.4 million gallon aquarium featuring 12-ft. sharks, interactive exhibits, thousands of exotic sea creatures
Ryan DeSear
General manager
2000/2010
43TCherokee National Forest
2800 Ocoee St. North
Cleveland, TN 37312
423-476-9700
fs.usda.gov/cherokee
USDA Forest Service
2,000,000
NA
NA/NA
NA
More than 600 miles of trails including 150 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, 7 whitewater rivers, 3 large lakes, 30 developed cmapgrounds, and 45 day use sites (fees required at most developed sites.)
Tom Speaks
Ja Sal Morris
Forest supervisors
1911/NA
5NRBristol Motor Speedway / Bristol Dragway
151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620
423-989-6900
bristolmotorspeedway.com1
Speedway Motorsports Inc.
1,500,000
NA
80/NA
6,000
One of NASCAR's most popular race tracks, BMS seats nearly 160,000 and features two Sprint Cup races a year, along with two Nationwide Series events and a Truck Series race.
Jerry Caldwell
Executive VP, general manager
1961/2012
1 Also www.bristoldragway.com
Source: Tenn. Dept. of Tourist Development, National Park Service, attraction representatives, attraction Web sites. NA=not applicable or not available. This list and other Knoxville-area market data are available as Excel spreadsheets at www.knoxvillebiz.com. If you notice an error or omission, please contact Angela Akers at 865-342-6424 or lists@knoxvillebiz.com.
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