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ohhh go to the indian trade stores. hike the AT. dolly world. isn't that over there?


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Don't understand the draw. Better "wilderness" vacations all over the SE without the Kmart vibe all over.

Worst vacation destinations in the Continental us:

1. Branson
2. Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg

Why not enjoy the same mountains and better views away from the redneck Vail.


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go to the smoky mountains. and nowhere else. place is amazing


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Napoleon
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Why not enjoy the same mountains and better views away from the redneck Vail.



You can go to the other side of the mountain and its much nicer. I disagree that there are a ton of better wilderness vacations.
I vacation a lot and while I prefer the Rockies, the Smokies are the best South Eastern wilderness trip there is.

I do enjoy north Arkansas and am going there in August, but The Smokies are great. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are for the kiddos IMO.
You can have a great time staying in Wears Valley or in NC. But I wouldn't stay in NC until the road is fixed.


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otherwise enjoy a very nice national park and check out Cades Cove and walk some trails to various waterfalls. skip clingmans dome. overrated due to acid rain.


I got back 2 days ago. Brought the kids and they enjoyed it. We did Cades Cove just after sun up and it was nice. We walked up on many deer as we were checking out the old cabins. Hiked to Abrahm's falls and it was nice. Got very crowded later in the day. I'd go first thing if you can. We had to wait on the deer to get out of the road to drive through early in the morning. Later it was bumper to bumper traffic which detracted from the setting.



Clingsman's dome was well worth the time. There was still snow up there and all the trees were still frozen white and had ice completely encasing the branches. I had never seen anything like it before. Trees looked like they were made of silver.
Of course all of that is gone now, but I'd definitely visit Clingsman's dome

Met a guy walking the Appalachian trail. The kids walked with him for 30-40 yards just so they could say they've hiked the trail.

There is a little restaurant on Wears Valley rd called Friendly Falls. Very cool little place where you can sit and have a beer or eat outside overlooking a waterfall. Nice couple just opened it a few months ago. That was my favorite place to relax and hangout. No crowds, great views and good food.

The Lost Sea is a cool cave system with the largest underground lake in the country. We enjoyed that as well.
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Skip all restaurants. They are shite. Bring a cast iron pot and cook at the cabin.


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re: Going to Gatlinburg in two weeks. What to do or skip
I heard you say the road to N. C. Is closed. Wanted to go to Maggie Valley. Is this the only road from Gatlinburg to get there?


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Wow! Thanks Tigerswin2


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Clingsman's dome was well with the time. There was still snow up there and all the trees were still frozen white and had ice completely encasing the branches. I had never seen anything like it before. Trees looked like they were made of silver.



Lucky, it must have just re-opened. We went there Tuesday and it was closed.
So I just did some motor tours. The kids loved playing in the old houses and buildings. Also I enjoyed teaching them to skip stones.

I enjoy Abrahms falls, but the four year old didn't want to hike.
I have passed Friendly Falls but never eaten there. It was closed in February and last week we were in G-burg most of the trip. I like Elvira's down the road, but will go to friendly falls next time.

We went to Tuckaleeche caverns in Townsend this time, I do want to check out lost sea though.

Though with NYC, Arkansas and Disney being they next three trips, and me wanting to go to the Rockies, it'll probably be two or three years before I get back to the Smokies.



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Skip all restaurants. They are shite. Bring a cast iron pot and cook at the cabin.


cook in the cabin sure, but this isn't true.



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tigers win2
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As of this past Saturday, Roaring fork motor trail is closed. As is the road past Newfound Gap.

Also the damn indoor skydiving machine is broken...... Kids were disappointed. We pulled up to go and they were all excited because it wasn't crowded. Then we see the little note on the door that they are waiting on a part to come in.......

A few pictures




















Ok, just sneaking that last waterfall in to see if you guys are awake. That's not in Tennessee.
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if the tubing is still open at ober gatlingburg do this but you need to be up there early on the morning you want to go to buy tickets they sell out fast.

aquarium
wonderworks
titanic
buy you some of the moonshine on the strip
shopping

we just went up there the last week of march and it snowed on us 3 days so it was pretty neat. I would suggest eating at a couple of the places mentioned on channel 8 on the TV.


road to cherokee and the dome were closed when we were there not sure if they have reopened or not there was a big mud slide.
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Napoleon
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Is this the only road from Gatlinburg to get there?


No you can take 321 towards NC and then either take the I-40 to 19 or take 32 to 19. Highway 19 goes right through Maggie valley.

Cataloochee and Round Bottom rd are over there and are beautiful and much more serene than other parts of the park. The majority of people only take Newfound gap road, Cades cove and little river road(the road from Sugarlands to Cades Cove)


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Napoleon
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aquarium


we were very impressed by the aquarium. The best I have ever seen.

The kids likes Circle G the most, but are having nightmares of Emus pecking on windows now.

I had some moonshine at the Mellow Mushroom and wasn't impressed.

Lots of good shopping, but the park is the place to spend your time.
If you want to get wet go tubbing in townsend. It's $9 for all day.


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Ok, just sneaking that last waterfall in to see if you guys are awake. That's not in Tennessee.


was about to ask..

lol


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There is a little restaurant on Wears Valley rd called Friendly Falls. Very cool little place where you can sit and have a beer or eat outside overlooking a waterfal



This sounds right up my alley!


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bulldog95
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cousin bought some moonshine from the store across the rode from the aquarium is was okay.

ziplining is also fun we were going to go but ran out of time (not the one in pigeon forge).

Word of advise if you need to buy groceries just go to the food lion it is more expensive than walmart but the walmart there was packed and didn't have very much (no milk, bread, cheese, etc...) get a food lion loyalty card and save $$$$


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re: Going to Gatlinburg in two weeks. What to do or skip
go to the winery(don't remember the name), buy a buch of peach wine, you're welcome


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Napoleon
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Word of advise if you need to buy groceries just go to the food lion it is more expensive than walmart but the walmart there was packed and didn't have very much (no milk, bread, cheese, etc...) get a food lion loyalty card and save $$$$


also the Kroger on 321 right when you turn off the parkway.



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quote]Ok, just sneaking that last waterfall in to see if you guys are awake. That's not in Tennessee. This post was edited on 4/8 at 11:27 pm[/quote


Wow that last pic was amazing! I was about to ask you where the heck that was because I've been to Tennessee before and never saw anything like that.
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