Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is a true mountain thrill ride. Built into the side of a mountain in Pigeon Forge, this attraction puts you on a sled that can scream down the hill at 27 miles per hour! You feel the wind in your face, the G-force tug on the corners and the sheer thrill of rolling safely but quickly down the mountainside.
When you arrive at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster you will see the Ticket Booth/Gift Shop/Loading Platform sitting gracefully at the bottom of the hill. Once you purchase your ticket you get in line to load the sled. You can ride as a single or a double, one in front of the other. Once you are loaded and buckled up, your sled travels along the track and up the hill. You can see and hear other riders as they come down yelling or laughing with joy as they enjoy their descent. Once your sled reaches the top, gravity takes over and your sled begins its journey to the bottom. You travel around curves, into circle-abouts, and of course, down the hill. Quickly or slowly, you control the speed.
This is a thrill ride but safety is important, and on each sled you can control your speed with the built-in handbrakes. If you are feeling a bit uneasy, just pull up on the brakes and you slow down. During the daylight hours you will see the trees and brush on the hill rushing by as you ride the silver rails from the top. But at night, it is an entirely different feeling as colored lights along the path of the ride illuminate your journey. It is almost a psychedelic feeling to feel the rush of the sled and see the lights flashing by. All you would need is the soundtrack to a Jefferson Starship album playing in the background.
Find out more about the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster with videos and information on the Best Read Guide website, where you can get coupons and information about other attractions, theaters, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor attractions and shopping in the Great Smoky Mountain cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Cherokee, Townsend and Pigeon Forge. Simply click on the "Visit Best Read Guide Smoky Mountains" link at the top of the blog page.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Marble Slab gets it's name from the way they prepare your ice cream - on a cold, marble slab. The servers scoop-out your ice cream choices, put them on the clean marble slab, soften them up a bit, then add your choice of mix-ins, and there are over 65 choices of mix-ins including fruits, candies, cookies, sprinkles, nuts, cereal and sauces. Once all mixed up they scoop your creamy concoction into your choice of waffle cones, sundae cups, banana split dishes or shake and smoothie glasses.
Then all you do is ENJOY!
If you are having a party there is no better way to celebrate than with an ice cream cake. You can select the ice cream filler, the ice cream or sauce 'icing', and the decorations on top. Now that's a party maker! In addition to the custom cakes you can take home ice cream quarts, Oreo cookie slabwiches, ice cream pies and ice cream pizzas. Are you hungry yet?
So come to Pigeon Forge in the Smokies for great desserts to top off fun days and great meals. Plan for your trip at the Best Read Guide website at www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. You will find information on places to eat, attractions, outdoor activities, accommodations, theaters and shopping, plus coupons and maps. And remember, when you are on vacation you cam eat ice cream anytime you want.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
In the heart of Gatlinburg is a most unusual museum where the cars are the stars. The Hollywood Star Cars Museum boasts movie, TV and celebrity cars all on display with stories and histories to tell the stories of the cars origins, their TV or movie roles, or their famous owners.
See the cars from Furious 7, the 2012 Nissan GT-R and the Aston Martin DB-9 driven by Jason Statham, and other movies like Ghostbusters Ecto-1, the Back To The Future DeLorean and the Days of Thunder Mello Yello race car. TV is well represented with the Batmobile from the Batman TV series, General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard and the Beverly Hillbillies Jalopy.
Most of the cars are in settings with lights, sound and action and many of the cars were created by George Barris, who has created more Hollywood and TV cars than anyone! And the museum is always looking for new vehicles to add to the collection like from recent Avengers and Transformers movies. Celebrity vehicles include Michael Jackson's Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL, Sir Paul McCartney's "Single Edition" Cadillac and Dolly Parton's Cadillac D-Elegance.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
NASCAR Speedpark Smoky Mountains offers a true racing experience for racers of all ages. The Speedpark 8 tracks, all designed for specific age groups or for a certain type of racing experience. But no matter what your age or experience level, NASCAR Speedpark has a track or a ride for you, oh yeah, and there are 14 super rides for you to enjoy!
NASCAR Speedpark is about go-kart racing. You can start out on the beginner's Qualifier track to get a feel of the go-karts and track. Then you move up to the Young Champions where you can ride alone or with a friend or family member. The Family 500 is an hourglass-shaped track that gives you additional challenges. Again you can ride solo or double.
Slidewayz is a 750' slick track with tough, tight turns; The Competitor is a short track with high banking - like Bristol - where you race side by side in Eagle cars; The Intimidator is a track so tough that it is named after Dale Earnhardt, Sr.; and finally you get to the Smoky Mountain Speedway. On this quarter-mile D-oval track you race 3/8 scale version of an actual Sprint Cup car for an exhilarating NASCAR-like experience.
The rides and other fun include an interactive arcade, "The Rock" Rock Climbing Wall, the spinning Starship 3000, and the Pro-Tow ride. Kid's have their own Speedway with NASCAR-themed cars, and rides like Tubs Of Fun - a teacup-style ride - the Rockingham Railroad, Tot Rods and the Speedway Draft, a child-sized roller coaster. Families can enjoy the Stock Carousel, The Scrambler, Tilt-a-Whirl and 18-hole miniature golf courses named Dragon's Lair and The Viking. And all ages can stock-up on official NASCAR gear and souvenirs at the NASCAR Merchandise Store.
Roll into NASCAR Speedpark in the Smokies and get more trip information at the Best Read Guide website at http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/.