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Do You Love Going To The Mountains? Then You Must Visit These Places!

Updated on January 4, 2015

Whether you're a long-time or first-time visitor to the mountains, Tennessee boasts some fun and interesting attractions that you absolutely should NOT miss out on. Located in the southeast, the Tennessee and surrounding mountainous terrain boasts a slew of activities and attractions that are sure to please the entire family.

Before we get to Tennessee, let's take a look at some of the other surrounding areas that you will find interesting and entertaining.

First stop, Asheville, North Carolina. Home of the famous and popular Biltmore House, Asheville is a bustling city that is located off of I-26 and/or I-40. If you decide to visit the Biltmore House, be prepared to have your breath taken away. This sprawling, historic estate boasts a mile-long driveway, beautifully landscaped and maintained gardens, statues, and, of course, the estate house itself. Built in 1895 and designed by Richard Morris Hunt, this was the home of George Vanderbilt. This estate boasts over 8000 acres (yes, you read that right--EIGHT THOUSAND ACRES!) which are all put to good use via gardens, statues, stables, an inn, and a winery. The gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and boasts a Conservatory, which houses orchids and other beautiful, fragrant, and fragile flowers. There is also the historic Rose Garden which offers a winding walking path. There are so many aspects of the Biltmore House that it's impossible to list all of them here. However, what I CAN tell you is that the Biltmore House literally lights up at Christmas time with a dazzling array of decorations and lights that you definitely don't want to miss!

Once you've left Asheville, you're just a few hours from Maggie Valley and Cherokee, North Carolina. Maggie Valley is a beautiful little town nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers quaint lodging via cabins, motels, hotels, and bed and breakfast inns. Maggie Valley's most famous attraction is Ghost Town, an amusement park located atop a mountain. This amusement park boasts either a chair lift or cable car ride to the top, and once there, you can enjoy an old west theme and feel. Ghost Town features a daily "Old West Shootout" which is sure to entertain and amuse all in attendance. There are also rides, a saloon show, and a gun show for the entire family's enjoyment.

Not far from Maggie Valley is Cherokee, North Carolina, which is just as its name implies--home to the Cherokee people and the Cherokee Reservation. This quaint, historic town boasts a museum of the Cherokee people, several mom and pop stores and restaurants, and a Native American/Cherokee Pow-Wow that is sure to educate and entertain. Maggie Valley and Cherokee are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, but those aren't the only two unique and interesting places to visit. There is also Lake Lure, a beautiful lake which attracts people from all walks of life to enjoy the serenity, fishing, and camping. Also located in this area is Chimney Rock, a huge slab of rock that allows a breathtaking view from the top. Don't miss out on Grandfather Mountain, the oldest and tallest mountain in the area that boasts a swinging bridge for visitors brave enough to walk across. There is also Mystery Mountain, where you will experience things that are guaranteed to blow your mind and change your perspective of the world around you.

Now on to Tennessee. Located just west of the North Carolina mountains, Tennessee is home to many famous and popular cities including Nashville and Memphis. Tennessee is also home to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, two popular vacation towns which boast a vast array of things to see and do. Pigeon Forge is home to the famous and popular Dollywood, an amusement park that was the brainchild of country singer herself, Dolly Parton. Since Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are so closely tied together, you should be able to find information on all of the available attractions by typing up either name into a Google search bar.

Also located in the area is the Three Bears General Country Store, a unique, two-story shopping complex that offers a little bit of everything. Children and adults alike will enjoy seeing actual live bears in the upstairs part. There are also numerous restaurants, dinner theaters, amusement parks, and specialty and novelty shops in the area. One of these is the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater, which offers great food, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a lively and entertaining dinner show based upon the age-old feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. Guests have the option of purchasing a DVD of the show, as well as the family pictures that are taken upon arrival. Moonshine is also available for purchase and is just as delicious as the food!

Located in Sevierville, which is only a half hour away from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, the Cherokee Trading Post offers authentic, hand-made Native American items ranging from jewelry, shoes, clothing, pillows, blankets, hand-crafted bows and arrows, elaborate headdresses, and beautiful dream-catchers.

If you're a big Elvis fan, then of course you're planning to visit Memphis. Home of Elvis Presley's Graceland Estate and his final resting place, Memphis offers a memorable vacation you won't soon forget. Memphis is also home to Beale Street, which is known as the birthplace of the blues.

These are just a few places in the North Carolina and Tennessee (Blue Ridge) Mountains that are definitely worth a visit!


The Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

Walled Gardens at Biltmore
Walled Gardens at Biltmore
Biltmore Gardens
Biltmore Gardens
Historic Rose Garden at Biltmore
Historic Rose Garden at Biltmore
Biltmore Shrub Gardens
Biltmore Shrub Gardens
Biltmore  Gardens and Conservatory
Biltmore Gardens and Conservatory
Bass Pond at Biltmore
Bass Pond at Biltmore
Guided and Private Horse Rides available at Biltmore
Guided and Private Horse Rides available at Biltmore
Pergola Walkway at Biltmore
Pergola Walkway at Biltmore
Statue of Diana, Roman Goddess of the Hunt at Biltmore House
Statue of Diana, Roman Goddess of the Hunt at Biltmore House
Biltmore House at Christmas
Biltmore House at Christmas
Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater
Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater | Source
King Kong in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
King Kong in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee | Source
King Kong in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
King Kong in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater
Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater | Source
Wax figures at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater
Wax figures at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater | Source
Hatfield and McCoy Jalopy
Hatfield and McCoy Jalopy | Source
Cherokee Dreamcatcher
Cherokee Dreamcatcher
Cherokee Reservation Sign
Cherokee Reservation Sign
The Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains
Cherokee Trading Post, Sevierville, Tennessee
Cherokee Trading Post, Sevierville, Tennessee

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