I took 2 days to ride to Asheville, NC last week. It's only 360 miles, but I wanted to take another ride on the "Tail of the Dragon" and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Tail of the Dragon (https://tailofthedragon.com) is US 129 bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and North Carolina.
318 Curves in 11 Miles
Yep - you read that correctly. It's a LOT of fun but it's definitely not for the beginner. Multiple hairpin turns and switchbacks keep you on your toes. Depending on when you're go, there can be a LOT of traffic. This is not the road for meandering!
Along the way, professional photographers take pics you can purchase. Here are a few.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Day 2 of the trip was the opposite. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 45 mph highway that winds its way through the NC mountains and up into VA. I rode the section between Cherokee and Asheville and it is just relaxing and gorgeous.
I'm blessed to have the opportunity to do something like this when I travel for work. Can't think of a better way to go :)