Day Trips from Sevierville, TN
The Sidecar Inn offers a hub for unforgettable day trips from Sevierville, TN. Uncover captivating destinations in the surrounding area, guided by these suggestions:
Journey to the roots of country music at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Immerse in the legacy of iconic recordings from 1927 that set the stage for Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, shaping the genre’s timeless resonance.
Oak Ridge, TN
Dubbed “The Secret City,” Oak Ridge emerged from its Manhattan Project origins to accommodate project personnel. Construction commenced in 1942, swiftly propelling Oak Ridge to become Tenessee’s fifth largest city. Delve into this history at the American Museum of Science and Energy. The Y-12 History Center, now open after a temporary closure due to the pandemic, further enriches the narrative of the Manhattan Project and Oak Ridge’s pivotal role. Roger’s fascination with its history remains steadfast, anticipating your exploration as well!
Museum of Appalachia
Situated roughly 40 miles to the northwest, near Clinton TN, lies a captivating museum that recreates an Appalachian community across 65 sprawling acres. This remarkable haven boasts an expansive assemblage of folk art, musical instruments, intricate baskets, quilts, Native American artifacts, and a trove of other treasures, all showcased for your exploration.
Cities & Parks
One of my favorite towns to visit is Asheville, a mere couple of hours to the east on I-40. From the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway (“America’s Favorite Drive”) to the opulent Biltmore Estate, the beautiful North Carolina Arboretum, vibrant live music scenes, captivating art galleries, and a myriad of breweries, this town promises endless entertainment. For further insights, explore Visit Asheville or engage in a conversation with Roger!
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Located about 60 miles to the northwest, the Cumberland Gap was one of the first gateways to the west. Explore the Visitor Center, situated along U.S. Highway 25E, just south of Middlesboro, Kentucky. Here, a museum awaits, replete with hands-on exhibits, a book sales outlet, and an auditorium featuring two films. For further exploration, venture to the National Parks website or Another Walk in the Park website.
Bryson City, NC
Nestled almost directly south of Gatlinburg, on the opposite flank of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, lies the town of Bryson City. In the heart of downtown Bryson City, you’ll find the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (steam and diesel), which offers a number of train excursions using both diesel and steam engines. View the Bryson City Official Visitor Guide for more information!
Nestled on the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley emerges as a charming small town. Within its embrace, you’ll find an array of engaging activities, from trout fishing and invigorating hikes to encounters with majestic elk and a tapestry of vibrant festivals. View the Maggie Valley Visitor Guide.
Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum
Dale’s Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum houses an amazing array of antique and rare motorcycles, alongside a treasure trove of memorabilia. Many of the bikes are in running condition. I’ve been there a few times and have often witnessed the bikes being rolled outside and ignited!
Cataloochee Valley & Elk Watching
A variety of wildlife, including elk, frequent the Cataloochee area. Access to the valley involves traversing roads with extended gravel stretches, sharp bends, and steep descents. Notably, it’s advisable to steer clear of hauling trailers and RVs due to these conditions. For additional insights about the area, refer to Maggie Valley’s Cataloochee Valley guide.
Thriving trout fishing opportunities await on both the North Carolina and Tennessee expanses of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
These recommendations only scratch the surface of available day trips. Countless more await your discovery!