KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 6 (UPI) — National Geographic Traveler said in its newest travel destination rating the United States’ Great Smoky Mountains earned a “Places with Troubles” designation.
The Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel Friday said the mountain range along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee was described by the National Geographic Society magazine as “a national treasure surrounded by a bathtub ring of ugly, unplanned development.”
The sixth annual rating of 133 travel destinations throughout the globe was determined by a survey of 437 experts ranging from ecologists to travel writers.
Destinations are judged based on a variety of criteria including aesthetic appeal and outlook for the future.
On the rating system, the “Places with Troubles” category represents the second worst category possible.
The News Sentinel said while the Great Smoky Mountains did poorly in the rating, the fjords of Norway topped all worldwide travel destinations. The United States struggled to break the rating’s Top 10 with Vermont the country’s sole representative in a tie for sixth place.
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