Sightseeing from WA to GA to NC

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  1. cpuckett812

    cpuckett812 Man of Leisure

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    Im getting ready to take a west coast to east coast trip. I took one from VA to WA last spring after buying my GS. Im gonna stay up north on this one for awhile, but I have never been through there, and dont know of any places you "just gotta see" when I come through on this once in a lifetime trip. Im going to be following google maps suggested route which will include driving through WA, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska , Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, SC, and finally Wilmington, NC. Can anybody tell me any places I should definitely pull over and take a picture at? If I can get my S&^$ together I ll be leaving this weekend.
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  2. Steelybeast

    Steelybeast Been here awhile

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    As you pass through Tennessee, you might want to ride the Tail of The Dragon since it's such an infamous road. Get you picture taken by Kill boy and see it their web site. Yes, there are better roads in the area, it's just this one is famous for it's 318 curves in 11 miles. Get a t-shirt & be good to move on.

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    cpuckett812 Man of Leisure

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    Sounds like a good time. Ive heard of the dragon, but never knew where it was. Thanks for the only reply, the rest of my route must be as dead as I feared!:huh
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    Steelybeast Been here awhile

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    If you can post up link from Google Maps as to what your intended route will be, I believe you will get a few more responses. A lot of it depends on what part of the state you are going through. In Georgia, North of Atlanta, their is some nice roads & sights up in the top 1/3 of the state. Around the big city & South Georgia, not as much.

    The Tail of the Dragon has it's on web site. Click the brochure for 2011 on the left for a good overview. I suggest if you ride the TOD, plan on a weekday ride as it can get crazy on the weekends.

    http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

    Then when you ride, Kill Boy and I think it's Highway 129 photographers are sitting on the road, to take your picture as you ride by.

    http://www.killboy.com/

    Not knowing how long this trip will be and if you go as far down as Birmingham, Alabama, the Barber Museum is well worth at least a 1/2 - 3/4 day visit if it works out. It sounds like you may not be going through there though:

    http://www.barbermuseum.org/index-full.php

    Since you will be in TN and NC, riding part of the Blue Ridge Parkway would be a must see:

    http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

    If you look at Google Maps and go to Terrain view, zoom in around the Southeast, you will see the Appalachian Mountain Range that runs from North Georgia up to Maine. Most roads along & around this mountain range are a nice rides. The Blue Ridge parkway and the AT hiking trail, runs along the middle of the mountains for a ways.


    If you have any interest in it, when in Kentucky, their is the Bourbon Trail which just takes you from one distillery to the other where you can stop and see those places. Then in Tenneseee, about 1/2 way between Chattanooga and Nashville, is the Jack Daniels Distillery which is worth the stop with their visitor center & tours.

    If you are interested in seeing some pictures around places we have been in the area, send me a PM and I will send you a link to pictures we have on the WEB of places we have rode too. It might give you some ideas.

    Have a great trip as it sounds like a adventure

    David
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  5. martel

    martel ADV noobin' it up

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    Two Wheels Only is a cool little place to stop. Has camping it appears.
    http://www.twowheelsonly.com/

    Edit: SAD! Two Wheels Only has closed after 29 years in business. Apparently they didn't own the land and the new owners don't want to continue leasing the land to them. Was a really neat place and I'll miss being able to take my friends there.

    Helen, GA is made up like a Bavarian town. Haven't been there since I was a kid.
    http://www.helenga.org/
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