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Katy Koontz

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Travel writer and Knoxville resident Katy Koontz has been hooked on exploring and writing about the Smokies for about three decades. Her research has taken her to every corner of the gateway towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend, and Cherokee to regularly report on the newest and craziest attractions, the best places to stay (for romantic getaways as well as family vacations), and the greatest grub the region has to dish out. As a freelance writer, Katy has written online articles for BBC.com, AOL Travel, Money.com, Expedia’s Family Vacation Critic, Forbes Travel Guide, USA Today’s online city guides, and MapQuest. Her print travel stories have appeared in Parade, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Shape, Travel & Leisure, Outside, Family Fun, and others. Katy is also the author of Family Fun in the Smokies: A Family-Friendly Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains.

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