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Places to Explore and Experience

Fort Loudoun

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

Lost Sea

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

Tellico Blockhouse

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

Cherokee National Forest

The Cherokee National Forest is a United States National Forest located in the U.S. states of Tennessee and North Carolina that was created on June 14, 1920. The forest is maintained and managed by the United States Forest Service. It encompasses an estimated area of 655,598 acres

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

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

Cherohala Skyway

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.

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.

Area Golf Courses | Public Courses

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Rarity Pointe Golf

1800 Oakum Court, Lenoir City, TN 37772 (865) 988-0370
Rarity Point, Tennessee’s first Audubon Signature course, a par-72, 18 hole course sits on 150 acres and offers five sets of tees ranging from 4,700 yards to 7,225 yards at the championship tees. For tee times call the number above. Visit Rarity Pointe website:

Rarity Bay

403 Rarity Bay Parkway, Vonore, TN 37885 (423) 884-3030
Rarity Bay’s Championship golf course, a Knoxville TN golf community, is a par-72, 18-hole masterpiece designed by D.J. DeVictor and Peter Langham. The breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains and Lake Tellico sit beyond the 150 acres that make up this course. Whether you play recreationally or competitively, you will find Rarity Bay’s golf course to be a fun and challenging course to experience. Take pleasure in every turn and curve of the course as you also enjoy the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds Rarity Bay. The Rarity Bay Clubhouse features an excellent putting green course and driving range for your practice. To begin your incredible golf experience at Rarity Bay, contact the Rarity Bay Pro Shop at 423.884.3030 or book online at  18 holes over 6,799 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

Kahite Golf

402 Kahite Trail, Vonore, TN 37885  (423) 884-6108
The Links at Kahite and Clubhouse, opened in the fall of 2002, and is a links course with unusual design characteristics. Kahite has scenic views of Tellico Lake and the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It features the Village’s newest driving range facility and practice putting green. Kahite’s Clubhouse, with its activity center, pool and tennis courts, have proven popular with the owners in Kahite, the Village’s newest neighborhood. There are 93 sand bunkers on the 7,100 yard links style course. The ninth hole is an 808 yard par 6. 18 holes over 7,170 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity).

Tanasi Golf Course

450 Clubhouse Point, Loudon, TN 37774   (865) 458-4707
The Tanasi Golf Course and Clubhouse, opened in 1996, also incorporates the lake into the course design. Holes 1, 17 and 18 play over water, offering some of the most scenic and challenging holes on the course. This Championship course has four sets of tees that play from 6,731 yards to 5,044 yards. Tanasi Clubhouse’s wrap around portico invites you to kick back, relax and take in the spectacular lake and golf course views. Golf games are often followed by friendly competition on Tanasi’s 18-hole practice putting green. 18 holes over 6,731 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity).

Toqua Golf Course

200 Toqua Club Way, Loudon, TN 37774  (865) 458-6546
The Toqua Championship Course and Clubhouse, opened in 1987, renovated in 2008, features four tees ranging from 6,910 yards to 5,230 yards. This par 72 course nestles up to Tellico Lake, which has holes 3, 14 and 15 on the lake. The clubhouse’s spacious veranda is a perfect place to replay your golf game with friends over drinks and sandwiches. Golfers may hone their skills on an adjoining driving range and practice putting green. 18 holes over 6,910 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)