Fahrradurlaub in den Amerika › Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the USA and it’s no wonder as the views and vistas here are simply stunning. We start the week from Tellico Plains, Tennessee to travel along the Cherohala Skyway riding “on top of the world” to Tapoco, North Carolina. From here we take on “The Dragon” (aka: Deal’s Gap) with it’s 318 curves in 11 miles. Then it’s onto a portion of the beautiful, but little known and lightly traveled, Foothills Parkway. We also visit the remote Cades Cove for a car-free early morning riding experience through history and then in the afternoon to the top of Clingmans Dome to marvel in the 100+ mile views of purple mountains majesty.
On the second half of our tour we ride along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway visiting it’s highest point at 6,053 feet and then end in Asheville, North Carolina. We will have a layover day in Asheville which will be a great opportunity to explore this charming town, enjoy one of it’s many breweries, visit the Biltmore Estate, or if you want to ride, take on a challenging climb to the top of Mount Mitchell. Our final day includes a climb over Doggetts Gap and then ends in the remote town of Hot Springs, North Carolina.
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Abbreviation: TN Time zone: Eastern Time - Central Time
There is a map available of roads with the best cycle routes. The state is trying to link this initiative with increasing bicycle safety and quality of these roads. Communication to the motorized traffic about is under development.
LandscapeTennessee has three scenic regions: East Tennessee is dominated by the Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the Appalachians) and is separated from Middle Tennessee through the Cumberland Plateau. Middle Tennessee has rolling hills. West Tennessee is located in the lowlands of the Mississippi. Because of the height differences there is a rich variety in flora and fauna.
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A transitional southern climate. Hot and humid summers, although less warm and humid in the mountainous areas. Not very cold winters.