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    That looks like it. Maybe it was me who was shaking!

    Absolute terror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    To me, the best part of Tennessee is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It's great for scenery, wildlife, hiking etc., the view from Clingmans Dome is spectacular! Our first half dozen or so trips to that area were for scenic motorcycle rides within the park and along the Tail Of The Dragon, the Cherohala Skyway and the Smokey Mountain Loop. On one of those rides we had a bear run across the road just in front of us, that was the most exhilarating yet frightening ride we ever had.

    If you're more of a shopping, restaurant, amusement park, upside down building sort of traveler the adjacent areas of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg should keep you entertained for weeks. Plus if you travel just a little farther south you can visit an actual sovereign nation in Cherokee NC.

    Our recent trip was a spring break getaway for our grandson who wanted to ride the steam trains at Dollywood, one is named Klondike Katie after it's initial use hauling supplies for the creation of the ALCAN Highway and the other is named Cinderella based upon the fact that its boiler has a tendency to throw flaming cinders out the smokestack. The other train ride was on the Smoky Mountain Railroad along the Nantahala Gorge.

    If you don't like crowds, avoid the whole Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. That makes me crazy.
    Thanks for the input! I have from the library books on best hikes in Smoky Mntn Nat’l park and Blue Ridge Mntn road trip. I will also contact the parks in the area for more info. Would probably go in Sept? Not sure because it is said this is one of the most frequented parks in the US. Wonder if may be overrun from everyone wanting to go now that they are vaccinated? Going to avoid the shopping places you mentioned.. that is not my idea of fun.

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    DH and I did a drive through the Smokey Mountains about 26 years ago. All I can remember is that it was absolutely beautiful and I think we did a cave or two.
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