- The Blue Ridge Parkway begins in Swain County and provides spectacular views
of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. It is an ideal place for picnics
Smoky Mountains National Park
- With sixteen peaks over 6,000 feet and more than a half-million acres of
pristine primitive wilderness, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the
nation's most-visited national park. Clingmans Dome —the highest point in the
Smokies — and Cade's Cove are the most popular landmarks.
Smoky Mountains Railroad
- The Nantahala Gorge Excursion from Bryson City is a 4 1/2 hours, 44 miles
round trip ride. The train travels to the Nantahala Gorge and returns. This
magnificent trip offers highlights like the Horseshoe Curve, Fontana Lake
Trestle, Tennessee River and the Nantahala River. Passengers ride in
comfortable, reconditioned coaches, crown coaches, club cars, dining cars,
cabooses, and open cars, which are ideal for viewing and picture taking. Special
excursions and group rates are available.
- 24-hour casino fun, featuring 2,700 video
gaming machines, three great restaurants, live entertainment, a gift shop, a
culturally-themed educational child care facility and all the friendly,
first-class service that has made Harrah's famous. 24 hours a day - 7 days a
of the Cherokee Indian
- Totally renovated in 1998. By combining
high-tech wizardry and an extensive artifact collection, the Museum of the
Cherokee Indian is fun for the entire family and an exciting, educational event.
- Recreated Cherokee Village of the 1750s. Regular tours by Cherokee guides
present history, crafts, early homes and mountain forest demonstrations of
beadwork, pottery, blowguns, and much more in a beautiful forest setting.
Land Fun Park and Zoo
- See Santa and his elves, browse through gift shops and exhibits, and visit the
domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Santa's Land also features rides, picnic
facilities, and eating establishments.
- Their mission is to share the spirit of model railroading with individuals of
all ages. Smoky Mountain Trains is more than an ordinary museum. With its
collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating
layout, children's activity center, and gift/toy shop, Smoky Mountain Trains has
something for everyone.
"Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama - Recognized as one of the top outdoor dramas in the United States with over 5,000,000 visitors since its opening in July 1950. The Drama tells the history of the Cherokee people from about 1540 through their forced removal from this area in the late 1830's.
Wheels Through Time - Museum of Vintage Transportation - It will sweep you back in time with its astounding presentation of vintage transportation. Located in the picturesque town of Maggie Valley, NC, the 38,000 sq. ft. museum offers the world's largest collection of rare American motorcycles and cars from each of the ten decades of America's automobile history as well as related memorabilia and mementos. The collection contains over 250 rare antique American motorcycles and automobiles from 1903 to the present - 90% of which are still operated regularly.
adventure of the most diverse kind awaits your visit to Asheville, whether
you’re planning a tour of restaurants and culinary delights or coming to try
out the area’s top-rated outdoor sports activities.
Plan a trip of cultural discovery to explore the homes of our nation’s
great writers and take in the history of mountain music. Whatever the season or
the reason for your visit, Asheville is sure to have something special to offer.
House and Gardens - George Vanderbilt’s
250-room mansion is virtually the same as it was at the turn of the 20th
century. Sculptures, paintings, furnishing, and household items have been
carefully preserved. Tour the gardens and the winery, and enjoy a sumptuous
three-course meal or a sandwich in one of several restaurants.
Gap (The Tail of the Dragon) -
U.S. Highway 129, connecting Western North Carolina with East Tennessee, is
world-famous among motorcyclists and sports car drivers, for its eleven-mile
section with 318 continuous curves.
as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood theme park is a one-of-a-kind Smoky
Mountain Family Adventure! Spanning 125 acres and nestled in the lush foothills
of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg,
Dollywood is one of the most popular family vacation destinations.
Factory in the Smokies
- A 56,000 square-foot family entertainment center with a variety of arcade
games, two miniature golf courses, bowling, go-carts, kids play area, carousel,
batting cages, laser tag, three restaurants, and more.
- Beneath the natural beauty of
Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains lies the colorful lore of Tennessee
history and times gone by, dating back to even before the
founding of our Country. Many of the specialty shops in the Great
Smoky Arts & Crafts Community and other locales
throughout the town cling to that heritage in the utilitarian craftsmanship and
artistic renderings of their wares. Stop and browse through the hundreds of
shops; you'll leave with a newfound appreciation for the assemblage of fine art
available in the Smokies. Additionally, the City's historic tour brochure and
site markers will put you in touch with Gatlinburg
history and the City's sometimes colorful past.
C. Campbell Folk School
- A school dedicated to the preservation of time-honored crafts, music and dance
Kilmer Memorial Forest - This magnificent 3800-acre forest is a
remnant of an old growth cove hardwood forest. Enormous yellow poplar, hemlock,
basswood, beech and other trees tower over the two loop trails. This forest
stands as a living memorial to Joyce Kilmer — teacher, journalist, soldier,
and poet — best known for his poem, "Trees". Located twelve miles
northwest of Robbinsville, NC, off Hwy 143.
Forge - In
addition to the fun-filled attractions, Pigeon Forge is home to music, magic and
variety, making Pigeon Forge one of the best family vacation spots around. The
city's theaters present all styles of music, high-energy dancing and magical
illusions. On your Pigeon Forge vacation, you'll see amazing horsemanship,
racing ostriches, mind-reading-pigs, fire-eaters, jugglers and the best Elvis
impersonator this side of Graceland! You'll find all this and more on the stages
of Pigeon Forge, where the theaters are dedicated to presenting wholesome family
Tartans Museum and Heritage Center -
Dedicated to the history and heritage of the Scottish Tartan. It contains the
official registry of all publicly known tartans.
of Forestry In America -
This major visitor attraction was once part of George Vanderbilt's vast Biltmore
Estate. It was here that Dr. Carl Schenck started the first forestry school in
the nation and first practiced forest conservation. A visitor center, exhibits,
guided tours, historic buildings, and two paved trails lead you back to the era
of the first forestry school, established 1898.
Skyway - The spectacular 51-mile skyway
connects Hwy. 143 in Robbinsville, NC to Hwy.165 in Tellico Plains, TN,
traveling through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests.
Rock Park -
Spectacular 75-mile views, sheer cliffs and unique rock formations. Trails
leading to the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Famous as the filming site for the
climactic scenes of The Last of the Mohicans.
of the Wood - From
the top of Prayer Mountain to the gigantic Ten Commandments spread across the
mountainside, to the All Nations Cross, Bible passages are presented in marble
and stone in an outdoor park. Open every day from sunrise to sunset.
- Home of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Changing craft exhibits
in three galleries, Daily demonstrations April thru December, Also the
Allenstand Craft Shop.
Carolina Arboretum -
Miles of nature trails, cultivated gardens, and state-of-the-art greenhouse
Rock - Slide down Mother Nature's 60-foot
smooth rock waterslide and plunge into a pool of cool water at the bottom. Located
in the Pisgah National Forest, north of Brevard, NC.
North Carolina Nature Center - A living
museum of plant and animal wildlife in the Southern Appalachian mountains.
Mountain - Named for its sheer white cliffs,
Whiteside Mountain rises above the Nantahala National Forest. A two-mile loop
trail leads to the 4,930-foot summit.
Whitewater Falls - With a drop of 441 feet, Whitewater Falls is the highest falls in the Eastern US. Located off of Hwy 281 south of Cashiers, NC.
Source: Swain County Chamber of Commerce