Take a ride on a steam engine
For the fourth of July, I took a short vacation to Bryson City, NC to ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in an old steam engine. This was something I'd always wanted to do, and since I'm not getting any younger, now was the time. And it was incredible. Below are just a few of the pictures I took.
I also spent some time in Cherokee, NC, which wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped. It does have Hannah's Casino there, but it was so massive my friends and I got lost trying to find our way back to the car! The picture below only shows one small portion of the casino. It had a capacity for 15,000 people, and it felt like at least 10,000 were there!
We also did some shopping in the small shops in Bryson City and a couple of the towns before reaching Cherokee. Cherokee mostly had souvenir stuff like t-shirts and keychains, although it also had Native American shops which sold handmade dreamcatchers (I had to get one for my sister), moccasins, leather pouches, and more.
But Bryson City had a plethora of stores with practically anything you were looking for. Their fudge was to die for. Cherokee did have a small fudge shop that was just as good, too. So we made sure to stock up on that. Overall, thought altogether too brief, this was an amazing trip. If you haven't ridden the railways, it's something to consider for you next vacation!
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