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Old 10-16-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
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Starting to dream about next year already, looking to head out to Nashville from New England. What are the must see and do's (and don'ts) just opening up the topic, I love hearing about everyone's experiences. Thanks!
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:10 AM   #2
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How much time do you have? That's an open ended question depending on whether you have 1 week or 1 month.
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Nashville is a popular tourist destination so, if you plan to stay at one of the RV parks along music valley drive, consider getting a reservation early. Someone posted last year regarding this issue, and we found the Nashville KOA filled their regular sites months in advance so had to get a "Resort" site (more $, but nice). Of course, you don't have to use KOA, and there are other campgrounds somewhat further out of town.

KOA haters, calm down. I'm not pushing KOA, just providing some information...

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Old 10-17-2016, 07:19 AM   #4
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I agree with George, what he said.

My preference is Gatlinburg over Piegeon Forge. Nice to walk around in the evening and explore/shop/people watch and there are numerous good restaurants.

Stay in one of the parks on the shuttle route, just ride to bus into town no parking issues.

Be sure to see Cades Cove (picnic lunch on the drive there along the creek), Clingmans Dome and New Found Gap. If you have time make the trip to Cherokee and visit the old indian village (sorry can't spell it ) and get tickets for the outdoor play "Un to these hills".

The Smokies are my favorite place to visit.

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Old 10-17-2016, 08:08 AM   #5
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There are lots of things to see in the Nashville area. Of course there is the Grand Ole Opry but there is also The Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Then you can spend some time downtown in the honky tonks listening to music and I believe children are welcome during the day. There is Andrew Jackson's home to visit and a replica of the Parthenon. You could go on a tour to see country singers' homes and do not forget Nashville Hot Chicken. We love Nashville and try to visit every year.
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We did Nashville/Gatlinburg this year!!! Gatlinburg is beautiful. We had an amazing time there. We stayed at Smokey Mountain RV Resort. Everyone there was really friendly and it's not far from downtown. Would highly recommend. We then went across to Nashville. We decided to stay at one the state campgrounds and I am so glad we did. It was right on the lake and was gorgeous. The one we chose was Anderson Rd. it was about 20 minutes from Nashville but worth the drive.
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Went to Nashville last April. We stays with Yogi. Not bad, WiFi worked. Two Rivers looked more interesting but was booked. Might go again next spring.

Parking is a hassle downtown and at Opryland. There is a shuttle service that works very well. Highly recommend you use it. You will get there early so plan on a wait and a herd stampede into the auditorium. It's assigned seating when you buy the tickets so it really does not matter whether you rush in or hang back and take your time. Tickets are another thing you want to get a few weeks out if you can.

If you go to the Hermitage and have a mobility problem there is a shuttle service from the gatehouse/museum to the house. What they don't tell you is the back half of the setup is a long walk or carriage ride. The carriage ride would have been a lot more fun but you have to buy the tickets at the gatehouse and get picked up at the back of the mansion. If we had known we would have bought the carriage ride through the out buildings. As it was by the time we went back and bought more tickets then got shuttled back to the house it was too much to deal with. Maybe next time.

Watch the exit from I-40Westbound to 155 North. The two right lanes are exit lanes but the left hand of the pair is Northbound. The far right lane loops over or under and goes south. PITA to get turned around when you don't know what exits flip and what one's do not.

If you are at all a history buff look around. On your way there you are near the Cumberland Gap north of Knoxville that opened the west to Daniel Boone and Oak Ridge where the fuel for the WWII atomic bombs was produced. Both places are day trips in the towed not the MH. We camped near Oak Ridge and drove around. Not much to see as it was too late to go to the museum. Most of the original installation bits have been taken down but there is still work being done there.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:17 PM   #8
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X2 on all the above about Nashville. We really liked the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. Rustic and quiet.


Cedars of Lebanon State Park €” Tennessee State Parks


You will need a toad, a short drive anywhere in Nashville. Park at the Visitors center. Get your tickes and a short walk to a lot of places.
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I appreciate all the feedback, love the conversation....it really helps to hear about experiences people have in different areas. We will be heading thru for about a month. Should give us enough time to enjoy Nashville and head away from the city for a real break from the hustle and bustle.......thanks everyone. I look forward to more commentary
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Even with a towed seriously consider the shuttle if you are going to the Opry or downtown near the Ryman. Parking is tough and the shuttles not that costly. Possibly less than parking downtown.
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It is the Downtown Shuttle and it picks up at the three campgrounds and local hotels on Music Valley Drive. It is $10 round trip (per person) and they drop off/pick up at the Country Music Hall of Fame downtown and run until the early morning hours. You call them in advance to schedule a pick up at your campground/hotel. Opryland Hotel has their own transportation to downtown. That way you can have a libation or two and not worry about driving while impaired and you do not have to worry about parking if you have a big dually truck like we do. Friendly people too!
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Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area a very nice resort is Anchor Down in Dandridge, TN. Located about 20 minutes from all that I avoid during the season. LOL
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Highly recommend pigeon forge and Gatlinburg. We live about 2 hrs away and try to visit often.Cades cove is very nice. Free also to drive thru. Dollywood is also located in pigeon forge. If you arrive after 2pm I believe you get in the next day free. The Island is also nice to visit in pigeon forge. Gatlinburg is like a small German town. The 2 towns are just mins apart.
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It is the Downtown Shuttle and it picks up at the three campgrounds and local hotels on Music Valley Drive. It is $10 round trip (per person) and they drop off/pick up at the Country Music Hall of Fame downtown and run until the early morning hours. You call them in advance to schedule a pick up at your campground/hotel. Opryland Hotel has their own transportation to downtown. That way you can have a libation or two and not worry about driving while impaired and you do not have to worry about parking if you have a big dually truck like we do. Friendly people too!
Actually there are two shuttle routes. The same pickup points but either downtown or Opryland at the show site. The problem with Opryland is it shares the parking lot with Gaylord so it can be a long walk on a dark night to wherever you ended up parking your car for the show. That was why we used it as I have mobility issues so a short walk around the corner beat a long hike in the parking lot.

We parked the towed at the campground office gate area which was the pickup point. That was an anyone can do it as in did not use my hang tag for special service. That solved the long hike at the park end.

As noted, shuttles do require you call ahead to get a seat. Not sure they would turn down an extra passenger but not sure they would turn up at the P/U point either without a call.
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