Blue Ridge Parkway/Dragons Tail
Blue Ridge Parkway/Dragons Tail/Smokey Mnts
Our BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY/SMOKEY MOUNTAINS/TAIL OF THE DRAGON Guided Motorcycle Tour offers a rider the chance to see the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smokey Mountains all rolled into one exciting 8 Day and 7 Night Bucket List Motorcycle Excursion.
The scenery from Charlotte, North Carolina to Eastern Tennessee is filled with twisty roads, mountain tunnels, mountain streams, switchbacks and amazing views of the mountains from roads cut out along the very top crest of the highest peaks. It’s as if the people that designed the roads and the path many years ago had motorcycle enthusiast in mind.
Rolling out of Charlotte we ride into Little Switzerland, a picturesque town hugging the mountains. You will experience the roads, tunnels and bridges that have been voted “Most Exhilarating” by many of our guided motorcycle participants year after year.
As we pick up the Guided Motorcycle Tour and head east we pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Check the photo out of the Linn Cove Viaduct in our Scenic Gallery. We will literally be riding on the side of the mountain above the clouds. Priceless!
A day on the Blue Ridge Parkway is never over until you see the sunset over the mountain range. The sunsets here ALWAYS get voted as “Most Beautiful Sunset”, without a close second anywhere, by our guided motorcycle tour participants every year!
We’ll wake up ready for a new adventure and take our Guided Motorcycle Tour a little farther east on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The views from Clingmans Dome are breathtaking as the sun drops over the mountain range. If we are lucky it will be a clear night and we will be able to see the Milky Way as it lights up the sky overhead as we wrap up the day of riding.
After several days on the Parkway we will take the Guided Motorcycle Tour into the Smokey Mountains. The Smokey Mountains are know for amazing riding and we will find hidden gems along the way like the Cable Grist Mill and Cades Cove. Bring your camera, you’ll see bears along the way and will definitely want a picture or two.
We’ll venture out to the “Tail of the Dragon” via the Cherohala Skyway and experience the challenge it has to offer as well. After lunch at the Fontana Dam Lodge and a rest break (trust me you’ll need it!!!) we take on the Dragon! The “Tail of The Dragon” has been voted in the Top 3 of all motorcycle roads in the United States since people began riding motorcycles. You will experience 318 curves in 11 miles. This road is voted “Most Challenging” EVERY YEAR by tour participants. But it is also the one road EVERYBODY wants to ride again!
Our final morning of riding takes us thru Asheville and (if time/weather permits) we take in the “Biltmore Estate”. “The Biltmore” is the largest residential property in the United States.
We close the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY/SMOKEY MOUNTAINS/TAIL OF THE DRAGON Guided Motorcycle with a hosted Farewell Party where we can share a few laughs and great memories before departing for home.
(for booking questions or Guided Motorcycle Tour details call 205-790-8582)
Pre Ride Event – Welcome Gathering at hotel
Day 1 – CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Pick up motorcycle rentals/assignment and gear (helmets, gloves, etc)
Kick Stands up and we head Northeast from Charlotte to Little Switzerland riding scenic routes thru the mountains and switchbacks of the Blue Ridge Mountain Region.
Day 2 – LITTLE SWITZERLAND & BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
These roads are amazing. You will experience the BEST motorcycle riding you have ever imagined as we explore the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Day 3 – BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
As we trek Northeast on the Parkway we will find some of the best roads you’ll ever ride. The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long and runs through 29 counties in North Carolina and Virginia. The views from the mountains can be as much as 100 miles on very clear days. You will be amazed at the views from the mountain top roads and the many scenic viewpoints we stretch our legs at.
Day 4 – BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
The beauty of the Parkway is that every road you choose for that day’s ride has amazing views. Today’s ride will bring out the best of the Parkway as we venture through tunnels cut into the side of the mountains and ride the switchbacks across the mountain range.
Day 5 – BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
As we move west on the Guided Motorcycle Tour we will encounter the beauty of the Linn Cove Viaduct on Grandfather Mountain. The 1243 – foot concrete segmental bridge snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain. You literally feel as if you are driving on top of the clouds as you lean into the s curves of the viaduct and look at over the tops of the tress and clouds adjacent to the viaduct.
Day 6 – TAIL OF THE DRAGON – EAST TENNESSEE
You haven’t ridden a motorcycle until you’ve ridden the Dragon. We will grab lunch at the Fontana Dam Lodge and ensure we are rested up for the challenge. Before slaying the dragon we will stop by Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort and visit the Tree of Shame. The tree holds parts from the motorcycles of the less fortunate that were overcome by the twist and turns of the Dragon. Word to the wise! Don’t push it past your limits on this road!
We wrap our Smokey Mountain Dragon filled day up with a nice drive across the mountain into Gatlinburg .
DAY 7 – GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
We start our day riding Aces and Eights one of the scenic routes in Gatlinburg. The Aces and Eights loop will provide us with a chance to enjoy the bridges and hairpin turns as we make our way across the Smokey Mountains back into Asheville, North Carolina.
We gather together for our Farewell Dinner to share a few laughs together as we wrap up our guided motorcycle tour.
Day 8 – ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
We wrap our Blue Ridge Parkway/Smokey Mountain Guided Motorcycle Tour up with a stop at the Biltmore Estate the next morning prior to heading back into Charlotte.
For those of you that shipped your bikes for the trip our staff will coordinate your shipment back home. For those of you that rented one of our bikes we get them checked back in before you depart for home.