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Next weekend planning on hauling the FFR to TN/NC and hopefully weather permitting running the full day Smokey Mountain/Tail of the Dragon. If that goes off without a hitch, need to burn a day before heading up to Mid-Ohio for track days. Any suggestions - wife has been to Knoxville, not me - also Ashville was mentioned as an option. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Highly recommend putting Asheville on your list.

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Ditto on the recommendation for Asheville and surrounding area...

Vanderbilt Farm and Mansion as well. It would be a great background for a photo of your car BTW....

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Overnight at the Biltmore would be a very nice stopover


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Asheville over Knoxville is a no brainer
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I would recommend Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley, NC. Lots of motorcycles and a few interesting cars, but a very cool place to visit.

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Ok guys wife has dialed in on Asheville. We are worried about extended weather but in worse case we'll run the trip in the Colorado but we prefer the ffr. Praying to the weather god!
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That is a beautiful area. The Biltmore Estate is a great place to see. Also within an hour you have Mt. Mitchell which is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. I second the Wheels Through Time Museum (about 45 minutes). I went there a few years ago and was amazed at the collection they had put together.
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Also if you are able to ride the Dragon be prepared if you haven't done it before. There a quite a few less than intelligent folks that drive beyond their ability. You also have a few bikers that won't hesitate to pass you in a blind curve. My wife and I did it a couple of years ago and were passed at one point by about 4 bikes. The last one almost went head on with a car that came around the curve. We caught up to him a few curves later on the side of the road with a police officer.

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I used to live in Asheville and would give an arm and a leg to retire there. Except for the wife will not leave the grandchildren. Definitely go to Biltmore House - expensive - yes. Stay at the Grove Park Inn in the Old part (if it's in your budget). Got on the Blue Ridge Parkway and go either North or South - both a beautiful drive. If you go north, you will go to Mt. Mitchell - highest Mountain east of Mississippi. Wife may want to go to Tyson Furniture in Black Mountain - Just east of Asheville. Very nice furniture at very good prices. Matter of fact, my wife and I are building a new home now and we are flying back there next spring to buy new furniture for the entire house. It's cheap enough there to pay for the trip and save money to boot! You could spend a half day there plus thousands of $'s!!!!! Slippery Rock in Brevard is fun to do if it's hot enough. Send me a PM if you want to talk. Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock is a nice evening. Looks like my favorite restaurant has closed (Poplar Lodge). You can raft the French Broad River in Asheville or drive a bit and drive to Nantahala River outside Bryson City - the most beautiful river trip - not too hard but fun!

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Second The Wheels Through Time Museum. Dale Walkler and his son Matt are good people and love to meet and talk to visitors. We make it a yearly trip.
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Another recommendation for Asheville, though for something a little different than what others have said try a food tour downtown. They have a really good food/beer scene there. I went for my anniversary a few years ago and we did the food tour which lasted about 4 hours and included cocktails, was a huge amount of fun and they told you a lot about the city.

On a completely different note, Linville Gorge is about an hour east from Asheville. Beautiful location with some pretty waterfalls.

There is a casino in Cherokee, NC which is pretty close to the Tail.
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Not far from the Dragon is the Cherohala skyway. It is a beautiful ride! I am lucky enough to live in Southeast Tennessee. Some of the best riding and cruising in the country!
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All good info here. If you go to Ashevillle, DEFINITELY visit the Biltmore Estate. In summary, they don't build houses like that anymore and haven't for a hundred years. You'll be overwhelmed. As for the Dragon, try to schedule your drive during the week to avoid the hundreds of motorcycle riders that drive it on weekends. It can be a real traffic jam on weekends with good weather.
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Well it looks like I didn't plan this trip well. We are getting to pigeon forge Friday, hanging in the area Saturday & Sunday - then hauling up to mid-ohio Monday. We'll definitely go to Asheville and run the big tail loop, but may have to come back and spend more time in area (but keep wife away from furniture store). Wow, thanks for all input!
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Maybe you can get to the Dragon early and avoid some of the crowd. Then head east to Asheville for the day.
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I seem to remember there being a few factory outlet tool stores in Pigeon Forge. Might be limited on space but there may be a few tool deals out there.
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Tail of the Dragon... one of my favorites - obviously! Lots to do around the area - Pigeon Forge, Gatlingburg, several other drives beyond the Tail - Moonshiners, Rattlesnake... Stop by the stores on just on the NC side (Killboy) and you can pick up a map with the other drives.
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What a great day yesterday was, the roads here are amazing! Not sure how we pulled it off, but ran foothills parkway wide open (within reason) - no cars in front of us the whole way. Ran the dragon 2/3 with no cars or motorcycles. In most cases, people pulled off to let us by (I think they just wanted to take a look at the car). Wife made me cut spirited driving down for 1st quarter of dragon, she was still digesting Mexican lunch. By time we got to end water and oil temps were quite high (i think that it means it got my money's worth - also 3 gas stops by time we were done). Tn/nc ffr guys are very lucky!
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Glad you had a good time on the Dragon. It seems you lucked out; very little traffic and on a weekend. Come back soon to the mountains. There are dozens of other fun roads to try, mostly in western NC.
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Another great day, this time in Asheville. The Biltmore blows you away! Bought a couple bottles of wine and had a great meal. Downtown was nice too. Nav brought us down via rte 40 back via back roads 25. Glad not in ffr - lot of motorcycle riders got a good soaking. Ready for trek tomorrow to mid-ohio. Thanks for a great trip!
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