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post #1 of 26 Old 03-10-2009, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Vacation tips NC/TN near the dragon

I'm going to be comming to the area in June with my wife for a week.
We will be staying near the dragon. We plan on doing day trips from there.
Need to include some tourist type breaks for the wife (shopping).
Any info would be appreciated.
Places to see & places not to be.
I'm looking forward to some good BBQ.
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Several guys on here live in that area. I won't call anyone out, but they should be able to give you several suggestions. Give it a few days and see if/when they chime in.

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There is a lot of great shopping in Seiverville (outlet stores) and heading south towards Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Places to stay are optional. There is one hotel in Pigeon Forge that more or less caters to people doing the dragon. They gave us maps of the dragon and other areas. I think they gave us a discount as well. And of course you can ride further and go over the mountain to Cherokee N.C. The name of the hotel is America's Best Value Inn right off the main drag in P.F. Pm if ya want for more info in this area.

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Iron Horse MC Campground

You may want to check out Iron Horse MC Campground. They have very nice cabins you can rent. Even cabins with cooking facilities. It is a wonderful place and and easy ride to Cherokee. Also you will meet other riders for rides and suggestions for rides.

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I'm going to be comming to the area in June with my wife for a week.
We will be staying near the dragon. We plan on doing day trips from there.
Need to include some tourist type breaks for the wife (shopping).
Any info would be appreciated.
Places to see & places not to be.
I'm looking forward to some good BBQ.
for best riding check out the majectic triangle. as in ride around in between these three points on a map.
1. blowing rock NC.
2. Helen GA.
3. Deal's Gap NC.
has everything you looking for and more.
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There's a motel in Townsend TN (Talley Ho) that is reasonable and has door front parking and a buffet breakfast rest. next door (nice, old style motel). Townsend is just outside the SMNP and is much more calm than Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. V good BBQ across the road. Good access to HWY 129/28/Cherohala Skyway via the foothills parkway. Dirt roads out of the cades cove loop. Long day trips to the Helen/Suches GA area are easily done.
Easy to cut across to Pigeon Forge via Hwy 321 to Hwy 441 if outlet shopping, crowded roads, and county and western stage shows are req'd. Also ALF's Bar (Hwy 441 between Pigeon Forge and Seiverville) has good cheese burgers,onion rings and cold beer (could be considered redneck).
Hell, I think I'll go for the weekend.
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Thanks for the info.
It's hard sometimes judging how long a section will take when your in the mountains. What looks like a staright line on the map can turn into a long winding road, which is not a bad thing.
I have booked in at the Iron Horse and plan on day trips from there.
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for best riding check out the majectic triangle. as in ride around in between these three points on a map.
1. blowing rock NC.
2. Helen GA.
3. Deal's Gap NC.
has everything you looking for and more.
...Good advice. Since your wife is tagging along ensure you make it to Helen, GA. It's a very unique Faux-German village in the north GA mountains...straight down 127 too.
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...Good advice. Since your wife is tagging along ensure you make it to Helen, GA. It's a very unique Faux-German village in the north GA mountains...straight down 127 too.
Sounds good.
I picked up a book called "Great American Motorcycle Tours" which has some good detail of that area.
It's a decent book, shows the better roads (for biking) in the area and talks about restaurants and site seeing. Its a good mix
In the book the also recommends going through Highlands NC on the way down to Helen.
Helen looks like a good place to stop for lunch.
German beer gardens...
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Take a look at www.tailofthedragon.com and www.killboy.com these sites will point you to the places to stay and eat and Killboy will take your picture. They're nice people!

There's a Microtel in Robbinsville NC that caters to riders..(at the start of the dragon).
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