The ultimate Tacky town

pete41(9ab FL.)October 5, 2007


Bills itself as a true western town in the east.

Having pleasant memories of West Yellowstone,Gardiner and the other tourist towns surrounding Yellowstone Park,I was looking forward to Gatlinburg.Cherokee,N.C. on the other side of the Smokies wasn't too bad[sorta nice] so it stood to reason the more famous destination would be better.

Schlock city.

And a full blown traffic jam at 10am Sunday morning.Must be Branson,MO. sister city.

The Museum of Appalachia at Norris,Tenn. is a jewel worth visiting.I can see why Ann is so fond of her area.

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pete41(9ab FL.)

and I loved Kentucky,W.VA.....

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 2:33PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

So did you enjoy your meandering vacation? And end up where you wanted to be? Tell us about it.


    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 8:38PM
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I agree with Pete. It is better to reverse the order. Gatlinburg is a place to visit after hiking or fishing in the smokies.
Gatlinburg can be a Tourist trap. It is better If your Idea is to camp and hike and visit the smokies and the Cherokee, then one can appreciate a stop in Gatlinburg. It is just the town that happens to be next to the smokies and the Cherokee, national treasure. We have the same thing here in Lake George. You need to buy a teeshirt get a big mac then drive through to the real attraction and appreciate nature.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 9:16PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

I hope y'all had fun tho :)

I haven't been to Gatlinburg in ages or Cherokee since the big casinos came in. I would like to take a bath in a ganormous champagne glass someday, tho. Don't know why exactly but I don't know why not.

The Smokies are gorgeous for their scenery and weather, IMHO. I do really like Lake Lure and Knoxville, and Chatanooga last time I went.

Incredible German restaurant by a chef from Aachen in Hendersonville if you're ever there, BTW. I dream of those potatoes!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 4:50AM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

A couple of hints:
Townsend TN is what Gatlinburg wishes it was.
The Cherohala Road to the south of the Park is awesome; the Dragon, just north of the Nantahala is a motorcyclists mecca and is the last thing several of them see on this earth every year.
To the west of the Park the Foothills Parkway will probably never be finished. The segment to the southwest that ends near Chilhowee Dam is often underused (like your own private road.)
To our south, near Chattannoga is an area in which the copper mining and smelting killed the trees for miles and miles. There's now a museum at Ducktown with the mining history of the area and pictures of 'before' the reforestation effort. (I don't vouch for how the reforest is doing after the drought; there was no humus left in the subsoils.)
There's Fort Loudon important in the early part of the Revolutionary war. And a great road to Atlanta that is at the base of the Blue Ridge.
Pete, if you come back in spring, please come by and say hello. (And if you've got a TN fishing license, the Holston River is at the base of our hill.)

    Bookmark   October 10, 2007 at 10:01PM
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Back in the 70s Gatlinburg was a nice arts and crafts kind of town, but that has been pushed out to the outer edges of town. I will say the 4-way stop of a town Pigeon Forge is now the tackiest with many stop lights, followed by Gatlinburg. If we go up that way we stay around Maggie Valley or Asheville. So much nicer than dealing with the aforementioned. Ann's neck of the woods is nice to visit as well. There's also Pisgah forrest which is part of the AT and a nice place to camp and on the way to Ashdown roses. :)

    Bookmark   October 11, 2007 at 1:19PM
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