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When people think Tennessee, the majority think the Smoky
Mountains area including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.The Smoky Mountain National Park is one of
the most visited of the parks and tourists flock there for the beauty.But, there is a lot more to Tennessee than
just one particular area.For example:
A city that is
growing by leaps and bounds and contains enough tourist-oriented attractions to
keep you busy for a week or longer. The Tennessee
River gracefully flows through Chattanooga and offers fishing and boating. Just sitting along the river enjoying picnic
while the world floats by would be a nice, free, thing to do.
Of course one of the oldest and probably the one most
people know about is Rock City. You can’t visit Chattanooga and not stop in and
climb up to the top where you can see 7 states.
Remember, it’s hot in the summer and the climb up can wear you out. Be sure to take hydrate, hydrate,
hydrate! There is a snack area at the
top so be sure to sit, rest, enjoy the view and hydrate again!
If you are heading to the central part of our beautiful
state then you will be on the banks of another river, the Cumberland
River. Nashville is probably my favorite
city in Tennessee. We’ve been there a
few times and enjoyed a ride on the paddle boat the General Jackson. We went to the Grand Ole Opry and took a tour
of the Opryland Hotel (quite a place!).
There is so much to see and do that it would be impossible
to describe it all here. Check out some
of the links at the end of this article for more information. You don’t have to be a country music fan to
enjoy Nashville, but it doesn’t hurt!
The opposite end of the state from me is a place I visited
once and have fond memories. That place
is Graceland. If you are or were an
Elvis fan you can’t go wrong stopping in to see where and how Elvis lived. If you get hungry drop into to any of the
many BBQ joints that Memphis is also famous for. Memphis is also home to St. Jude’s – a
hospital for children that Danny Thomas started to save the lives of
children. It’s a wonderful place doing
great work and saving many lives.
There are many little towns offering fishing, camping,
hiking, shopping and restaurants – take a back road and see where it takes you!
It is almost spring and that means it will soon be time to
ring in the action at the most famous theme park in the State of Tennessee –
Dollywood.Any fan of the park knows that
the warm weather in East Tennessee is a welcome mat for the parade through
Pigeon Forge staring Dolly herself.Usually following the parade Dolly can be seen at the park greeting
visitors with a big smile!
Dolly will be smiling even bigger as she introduces three new attractions.In order to keep current and keep the
tourists (and locals) coming back you need to grow and improve.In the works for 2017 are: Drop Line, Whistle
Punk Chaser and TailSpin Racer.
The first one listed is called: Drop Line at Dollywood
If you are afraid of heights don’t even try the Drop Line
since you will be 200 feet in the air.
OK yes, the views from that high will be amazing. We lived a few miles from Dollywood when we
moved to Tennessee and I bet if we went on the Drop Line we could see that home
for sure. The up in the air part is
difficult enough, but it’s the drop to the ground (well, you stop before you
hit the ground don’t worry!) is the thrill part of the attraction. I predict there will be long lines at this
The next new attraction is:
Whistle Punk Chaser at Dollywood
This coaster is referred to as a junior coaster and was
created for the kids. Kids love coasters
and this one should fill the bill until the kids are old enough and tall enough
for the big coasters. I am not a coaster
fan but if they allow adults on this ride I might consider it. Don’t forget, you need to stick with your
kids when you go to amusement parks.
They do need guidance and they like to know that mom or dad has an eye
The third new attraction is actually at Splash
Country: TailSpin Racer
This looks to be set up like a race track with six lanes
and since it’s at Slash Country you can be sure water is part of the
thrill. Nothing nicer on a hot Tennessee
day than Splash Country, which is right across the road from Dollywood. Bathing suits and a big towel are necessities
at Splash Country!
Keep these dates in mind:
Dollywood opening day: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Splash Country opening day:
Saturday, Mary 13, 2017
Use the Dollywood website for information on ticket pricing
and even cabin rentals, click here.
A few years ago while watching GPB (Georgia Public
Broadcasting) I learned about Helen, Georgia.Helen is a small town with a big image!If you want to visit Germany but can’t afford it, your next best option
is visit Helen, GA.It is a very
interesting town full of German inspired shops.What caught my eye was the restaurants and the German bakery.The bakery was amazing and well worth the
trip!I understand that now there is a
second German bakery and that makes us want to head there to check it out!
Not long ago I turned in as I normally do to check out the
“Georgia Traveler” on GPB. The town that
was the hot spot of discussion was Dahlonega GA. I heard a few people discussing it years ago
and didn’t put much thought into it. Now
I have a little better understand of the town and its history. Dahlonega is an old mining town and you can
still pan for gold and hope to hit it big!
Once the excitement of that is over you can move to the other big drawl
– the wineries. Yes, the State of
Georgia has wineries…who would have thought?!
There are several small wineries in and surrounding the
town. If you are into wine and enjoy
local wines, you might want to put Dahlonega, GA on your ‘wish to travel to’
list! There are some unusual restaurants
in town and from reading the descriptions I think no matter what you like to
eat you can find it there. My husband
likes the description of the Back Porch Oyster Bar Restaurant. They have a delightful offering of various
seafood items, and seafood is his downfall.
I was attracted to the candy shop called Fudge Factory–
they make fudge and chocolates. I am not
a fudge-fan, but I’ll travel hours for good quality chocolates! There are more shops than just candy makers
and if you check out the website you can find them along with many choices of
lodging from B&B’s to cottages/cabins to hotels and even a ranch.
If Dahlonega, Georgia sounds appealing to you check out
their website where you can order a brochure, I got one and it’s a handy
booklet to refer to. It is also a good tool to use to convince your husband
that you really want to go there!!! And
as a site note – right up the road is Helen, GA and those wonderful German
PS: Don't forget, your TV is a source for travel destination!