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There is a 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in Gatlinburg on June 15-19, 2009. This is a beautiful time of year to visit the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s paradise, but even if you don’t like to hike, you’ll enjoy an auto tour, fishing or picnicking. The mountains are filled with elk, white-tailed deer, and black bears. There are also plenty of indoor attractions as well.

A few highlights for the week are:

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales is returning to Gatlinburg for the 4th year. It is an event that features music, costumed performers, and storytellers that celebrate the history of the region. The event will be held every evening (7 nights a week) beginning on June 12 and ending August 8. The entertainment begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. nightly.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great location for hiking, photography, exploring Appalachian culture, or simply enjoying the outdoors. There are hiking trails for any activity level, and with the average highs in the 70s, it is a pleasant place to experience nature. With many hiking trails, from short, paved walkways to long, steep hikes, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty of the Smokies.

For those who wish to experience the beauty of the mountains but don’t enjoy hiking, there are also roads that make enjoyable auto tours.

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort and amusement park located near Gatlinburg. Visitors can get to Ober Gatlinburg via the
Aerial Tramway, which allows riders to view some of the scenery while enjoying a unique experience. While the slopes will be closed in June, there is also a Scenic Chairlift an Alpine Slide, and many other activities for visitors to enjoy.

Dollywood

“Unique as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood theme park is a one-of-a-kind Smoky Mountain Family Adventure! Spanning 125 acres and nestled in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg, Dollywood is one of the most popular family vacation destinations.

Enjoy thrilling to spectacular Dollywood amusement park rides including the award-winning wooden roller coaster The Thunderhead™-the wildest ride in the woods. The family vacation fun at Dollywood features kiddie rides and 10 new family attractions in our expanded Country Fair area. Dollywood’s live entertainment showcases the best in country, bluegrass, mountain and gospel music with more than a dozen stage shows. Master craftsmen demonstrate centuries-old crafts including blacksmithing, glass blowing and wood carving” (http://dollywood.com/).

Shopping

If you enjoy finding a good bargain, then Pigeon Forge is a great place for you to visit. Located just a few minutes from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge has multiple factory outlets where shoppers are sure to find great deals. With the Pigeon Forget Factory Outlet Mall, the Tanger Outlet Center, and the Belz Factory Outlet World, here are stores to entice every shopper and bargain-hunter.

To register for the course, please visit: http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=701&l=1

We can’t wait to see you in Gatlinburg!