One of the prettiest drives in the country highlights the next leg of our Virtual Roadtrip, as we visit some of the world's top theme park attractions even while the parks are closed.
We are starting today on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina, at Carowinds.
I have to admit that I haven't visited this park since I was a teenager, so a return trip has been near the top of my to-do list ever since I started publishing Theme Park Insider. The big attraction these days? One of our readers' favorite roller coasters in the world, the Bolliger & Mabillard masterpiece, Fury 325.
The park's newest coaster, Copperhead Strike from Mack Rides, looks like a fun time, too, especially with that slow-speed heartline roll at the start.
Heck, just enjoy all of Carowinds' rides in video form, starting with the invert Afterburn, with the park's POV playlist.
Once we're done, it's off to Dollywood. But don't just head over or up to I-40 for the fast route. Instead, let's take a little extra time and enjoy one of the prettiest (okay, and often crowded) drives in America, through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Yes, that park is closed right now, too. But if you imagine driving over to I-26 then off at US 23 to US 19 to Cherokee, you can follow US441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Gatlinburg via Google Maps. (Navigate via Street View if you really wanna kill some time.)
Once into Gatlinburg, it's just a bit up US 321 to Pigeon Forge and Dollywood.
The park also won fans with it first-in-America Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster, Wild Eagle.
And also Thunderhead, from GCI.
But for old-school coaster love, you'll want to experience Dollywood's classic Arrow looper, Tennessee Tornado.
If you want a taste of Dollywood at home, we've been cooking some of its Big Skillet meals on our "Social Distancing Kitchen" show, with recipes from Dollywood's sister park, Silver Dollar City.
So fuel up and get ready for our next leg. It's almost time to drive to Florida!
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