Places to Explore and Experience
Enjoy a day of east Tennessee’s rich history with a trip to Fort Loudoun, a British Fort built in 1756. The Fort has been accurately reconstructed from its original site depicting the time when the Fort was fully active. Check with Fort Loudoun for scheduled dates of reenactments that take place throughout the year. Pet friendly, walking paths, picnic areas, museum, gift shop and more.
338 Fort Loudoun Road, Vonore, TN 37885 423-884-6217
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Located on the banks of the Tellico Lake, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains you will find Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. Once inside the museum you will be able to enjoy hearing about Cherokee myths and legends. Learn about the Cherokee syllabary, which took twelve years to develop by Sequoyah. Learn about the Overhill Cherokee history as well view artifacts from the Little Tennessee Valley, stop by the gift shop and see the Cherokee Memorial, these are just a few of the wonderful things to experience while visiting the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.
576 Highway 360, Vonore, TN 37885 423-884-6246 http://www.sequoyahmuseum.org/
1794 to 1806, Federal troops garrisoned at the Tellico Blockhouse guarding the northern Cherokee frontier from the encroachment or attack from militia. Learn the history of how the federal government initiated programs among the Cherokee Indians after establishing a trading factory at Tellico. The Tellico Blockhouse boasts of famous visitors such as Louis-Philippe – the future king of France, David Steiner a missionary, among others. 865-884-2287 http://fortloudoun.com/tellico-blockhouse/
Cherokee National Forest
American Museum Of Science and Energy (AMSE)
The present facility, opened in 1975, and continues to provide the general public with energy information. The name of the museum was changed to the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) in 1978.
300 South Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 865-576-3200
The Lost Sea is America’s largest underground lake. The temperature remains a pleasant fifty-eight degrees year round. Wide sloping walkways take you on an adventure to the many interesting rooms, some of which are among the widest, highest, and largest rooms of any caverns in the Southeast. Upon entering the lake room you will board large glass bottom boats for an exciting trip on the Lost Sea. While on the trip you will observe some of the largest rainbow trout in the United States.
140 Lost Sea Road, Sweetwater, TN 37874 | phone: 423-337-6616
Mayfield Dairy Farms
The Visitor Center and Tour takes you on a journey through the history of Mayfield Dairy from its beginnings to the present. You’ll see a special film presentation, followed by a plant tour that lets you see the bottling of milk and the production of ice cream and novelty items. Stop for a taste of our delicious milk and great tasting ice cream-made fresh daily. 1-800-Mayfield, 806 East Madison Avenue, Athens, TN 37303
A National Scenic Byway Located in Monroe County, Southeast Tennessee. The Cherohala Skyway Welcome Center in Tellico Plains is approximately 19 miles from the Grand Vista Hotel and Suites. The Cherohala Skyway was designed for the traveler to enjoy the natural beauty of the area so please take it slow as the Skyway has only a few passing zones. Taking in the sites along the Cherohala Skyway, making occasional stops, the drive will take approximately 2 hours. http://www.cherohala.org/
Tail of the Dragon
Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap is a twisting, curvy, hilly, challenging two lane road visited by motorcyclist, auto clubs, sports cars and anyone else brave enough to take the drive. Those who like a dare will enjoy the 318 curves on the 11 miles of desolate road located in the Smoky Mountains. Grand Vista Hotel and Suites is one of the closest hotels to the Tail of the Dragon – Tennessee side. Other area roads to explore are: Moonshiner 28, Diamondback, Blue Ridge Parkway, Six Gap and the Devils Triangle. http://www.tailofthedragon.com/