We visited Tennessee in late October – well before the devastating fires that hit the state.  Although we’ve been to Tennessee before – Nashville, Memphis, even Dollywood in Pigeon Forge – this was our first trip in the motorhome. We headed to Knoxville to catch up with one of Jeff’s best friends from grade school.  It was great to see Mike & Stacy Nelson and their son.

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North Carolina

From Knoxville, we headed across the Smokey’s to Asheville, North Carolina. We paid an expensive visit to the Biltmore Estate. We know how the Vanderbilts keep their wealth. The price of admission was ridiculous ($65/person + added fees if you want the audio tour), but we bit the bullet and toured the mansion and grounds.

The 250 room home was beautiful and immense.

The estate features 16th century tapestries, a library with 10,000 volumes, a banquet hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, and a bowling alley.

Here are some highlights. Plenty more photos in the gallery.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

We headed south toward Georgia, then cut back west to Chattanooga, home of the famed Chattanooga Choo Choo. The original train station has been converted to a hotel.

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Engel Stadium

We stopped by Engel Stadium. In 1931, the New York Yankees played an exhibition game at Engel Stadium against the Chattanooga Lookouts. During the game, a 17-year-old young woman named Jackie Mitchell pitched for the Lookouts, striking out Major League greats Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

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Rock City and Lookout Mountain

The highlight of Chattanooga for us was a visit to Rock City on Lookout Mountain. Rock City is home to many ancient rock formations, walking trails and a breathtaking “Seven States View.”

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