Plan a visit to America's Largest Home located in Asheville, NC. The Biltmore Estate spans over 8,000 acres and was built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800's. This 250 room château was built as a country retreat where he and his family could pursue a passion for art, literature, and horticulture. The main house is filled with priceless art and antiques. Visit and see century-old gardens, award-winning wines, and estate-raised foods. The estate is still family owned and operated to this day.
Dillsboro Chocolate Factory
The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory was established in 1999 and they moved to their current location on Church Street in Dillsboro in 2004. The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory is located in the heart of North Carolina's famed Smoky Mountains and offers a wide selection and variety of hand-dipped chocolates, home-made fudge, gourmet coffees from around the world, Jelly-Bellies, Handmade Truffles, gifts and more. Step inside their store and enjoy tasty treats plus complimentary free Wi-Fi.
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN has been recognized as one of the nation's best theme parks. From late March through December, Dollywood offers thrilling rides, award-winning entertainment and master craftsmen. While in the park you can enjoy country, bluegrass, classic rock ‘n' roll and Southern gospel music. After a hot summer day you can also enjoy Dollywood's Splash Country Waterpark.
Fontana Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Little Tennessee River in Swain and Graham counties, NC. At 480 feet, Fontana is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States. The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1940s to accommodate the skyrocketing electricity demands in the Tennessee Valley at the height of World War II. A visitor center operated by the TVA is open from early May until late October.
Located in scenic Franklin, North Carolina, The Factory is Western North Carolina's premier destination for great family fun and dining. Enjoy over 100 arcade games, the region's largest go cart track, ten bowling lanes, laser tag, indoor mini golf, a kid's play area for smaller children and much more. You just simply charge up a re-loadable Fun Card to play the games and attractions.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
With boarding in Bryson City, NC the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offers 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, and will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina. Ride with us into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains. The Railroad offers a variety of scenic, round-trip excursions and range from 3.5 hour trips to full day excursions.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino
Harrah's Cherokee Casino is currently the only casino located in North Carolina and is found in Cherokee, NC. The casino is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. The casino now features live table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and more of your favorites. The casino offers several fine dining options including the recently opened Paula Deen's Kitchen.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Some of the most modern technology, computer-generated imagery, and special effects are used to retrace the 11,000 year documented history of the Cherokees. Virtual storytellers present ancient Cherokee myths. Chronological stories are paired with an extensive collection of artifacts to involve you in this fascinating story. You will meet some of the best-known Cherokees and learn of their heroic efforts to preserve their land and culture.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley's Aquarium located in Gatlinburg, TN has been voted the #1 aquarium in the United States by Trip Advisor. The aquarium is literally teaming with life with over 10,000 exotic sea creatures which are comprised of more than 350 individual species. Although hundreds of miles from the ocean, the scenic beauty and the abundance of water all around makes the town of Gatlinburg a "natural" location for a world-class aquarium.www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Located in Franklin, North Carolina, this 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian, and more. With the main focus on family entertainment, this is a place to come and enjoy a good time with all that Franklin has to offer.
Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama
The powerful portrayal of the Cherokees' tragic "Trail of Tears" was first produced in 1950. Music and dance and Cherokee legends are woven into the play. The show today has been reconstructed to better portray the unique story of the Cherokee from a historical perspective. The new play traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day. The drama is presented mid-June through August.Visit Website