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12Built in 2001, the  Museum of Aviation is located in Sevierville near Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge airport runway. This unique location allows for the history of aviation to be brought to life by the vintage aircrafts flying overhead for the visitors. The mission of the museum is to honor the history of aviation and to advance aviation education. The museum offers daily tours, children’s programs, school field trips, an in-museum theater, lecture series, a modeling expo, and more. A few exhibits you will find in the museum are the artifacts gallery, a huge aircraft hangar, and a PBY-5A 104 wingspan aircraft. Warbirds Weekend is once every spring and every fall, which attracts numerous visiting airplanes providing extra photo opportunities and exciting flyby formations. This is truly a place that everyone must see to appreciate.  

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A great way to take in all that the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer is by renting a Harley Davidson from the Smoky Mountain Cycle Rentals. Riding a hog through the mountains allows you to see and feel the breathtaking views. Motorcycles can be rented anywhere from half a day to seven full days. You must be a qualified rider with a valid motorcycle license. Smoky Mountain motorcycle adventure maps are available and easily fit in your tank bag window for on-the-road use.

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rocky-top-toursRocky Top Tour’s mini-coach takes passengers on scenic tours of the best sites in East Tennessee.  The tours available are the Smoky Mountain Special, Cades Cove, the Biltmore Estate, and a Cherokee Reservation.  Rocky Top Tours even offers transportation to University of Tennessee football games and Bristol Motor Speedway.  They accommodate individuals as well as large groups on the tours.  For more information email  info@rockytoptours.com or call(865) 429-8687.

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Located at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, lies the peaceful valley of Cades Cove. A tourist hot spot, Cades Coves is abundant in wildlife, as well as hiking and horseback riding trails. The Cades Cove Heritage Tours allows visitors to experience the Cove in a unique way. Tours are conducted from the comfort of a 19-passenger, fuel-efficient Educational Touring Vehicle. Passengers will learn about the history, stories and natural resources that are unique to the Cove.

The tours were started as a way to reduce air pollution due to traffic and protect the natural and cultural resources of the Cove. To find out more about Cades Cove Heritage Tours and how you can help preserve the Cove visit http://www.cadescoveheritagetours.org/default.html.

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Pigeon Forge is major tourist attraction, so traffic can sometimes back up. The highest traffic congestion is on the weekends that have car shows. Most people that come to the area for the car shows are there to take their time and view all the automobiles. They best way to avoid this traffic is to come early in the day and if you do not have a GPS, then look at a map to get optional routes to where you need to go, other than the main strip. Pigeon FOrge offers plenty of back roads, so an alternate route is not hard to find.

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181For a fun or unique way to see all the sights of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville without having to deal with all the traffic try the Trolley. There are seven different trolleys that run throughout the day: North Parkway, South Parkway, Gatlinburg Welcome Center, Dollywood, Dolly’s Splash Country, Wears Valley, and the Courthouse. The courteous drivers will pick you up at over 100 stops, just look for the bear sign. Visit the website for schedules and other contact information.

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91At an elevation of 5,048 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Newfound Gap’s recognition as the lowest pass through in the Great Smoky Mountains did not come until 1872. Arnold Henry Guyot, a Swiss geographer, measured many Southern Appalachian elevations. Mt. Guyot, the second highest peak in the Smokies, takes his name. He used a simple barometer to measure changes in air pressure to calculate mountain heights. In most cases he was within 2-3 percent of current values. His work revealed Newfound Gap as the lowest pass through the mountains, displacing nearby Indian Gap. A new road followed, and it became the forerunner of Newfound Gap Road.

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