Enjoy North Carolina's Best Mountain Roads
How would you like to drive your classic sports car the way you’ve always wished you could? We’re talking about curvy roads, breathtaking scenery, and a team of support staff at the ready should anything go wrong. You'll join the editors of Classic Motorsports and tackle this amazing adventure with a small group of interesting, like-minded enthusiasts and their amazing cars (strict limit of 25 vehicles). Think of this hub tour as a summer camp for classic car enthusiasts!
You'll drive roads like the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Tail of the Dragon. You'll travel through towns like Cashiers, North Carolina, Dilliard, Georgia and Townsend, Tennessee. And you'll experience BMW’s secret prototype and concept car warehouse.
Worried about the details? Don't: That's where we come in. From start to finish, our trained staff will transport your luggage, accommodate any special requests, and even take your selfies if you'd prefer. You'll also have the undivided attention of our team of expert mechanics, just in case your car has any mechanical issues or needs a tow. Backing them up is a fleet of new BMWs, which you're welcome to drive if your car can't be quickly fixed.
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June 9-13, 2019
Starts and ends in Greenville, South Caroline, Then the quaint mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina, will be our home base for this hub tour.
Starting at $5250
(All lodging, meals (except dinner on Wednesday) and attractions included.)
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Day 1: Sunday, June 9, 2019
It's tough to park a trailer or land an airplane in Highlands, so our tour starts in downtown Greenville, South Carolina (one of Condé Nast Traveler's "South’s most charming cities"). After registration, we'll take a stroll down the beautifully restored river walk to a steak dinner at Hall's Chophouse. Then we’ll overnight in downtown Greenville, just feet from the river's docile babbling.
Day 2: Monday, June 10, 2019
Greenville is just short jog away from BMW's largest assembly plant, so we've arranged a private tour of the active vehicle assembly floor. No cameras, please–you'll be exposed to sensitive information, and might even spot a future model holing up in BMW's massive factory. Keep those cameras hidden, as we'll also be touring BMW's private prototype and concept warehouse (many of their own executives aren't even aware of its existence). After a thrill ride at BMW's Performance Center, it's time to drive. We'll wind our way down backroads and up a few thousand feet as we enter the Smoky Mountains. Don't forget your sweater–it's common for the temperature to drop into the low 70s as we climb to Highlands, North Carolina. Our staff will place your luggage in your hotel room before you arrive in Highlands.
Day 3: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
After breakfast, we’ll travel through the Nantahala National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park on our way to lunch in Townsend, Tennessee. Then, we’ll drive the famous Tail of the Dragon, a stretch of road that packs 318 curves into just 11 miles! Don't worry, though–after those 318 curves, we'll be chasing the Nantahala River on our way to visit Fontana Dam, meaning beautiful scenery and engaging driving. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fontana Dam is also the tallest in the Eastern United States, and can best be described as the Hoover Dam, but with trees on either side. We'll end the evening with a gormet dinner in Highlands before retiring to our rooms.
Day 4: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Today's route will take us in a different direction: Rather than head north, we'll be pointing our cars south, eventually driving all the way to Northern Georgia's rugged Chattahoochee National Forest. Along the way, we'll enjoy a short hike to a picturesque waterfall, as well as a family-style southern feast for lunch. We'll then take twisty roads back to Highlands, where everybody will have an evening to themselves, without being told where to eat or when. Feel free to shop, dine, or explore more back roads, but don't hesitate to ask us for any suggestions.
Day 5: Thursday, June 13, 2019
We’ll bid Highlands goodbye as we head back through the mountains to Greenville. Thursday is the last day of the tour, but we've still packed it with amazing roads and a fantastic mountainside lunch in Caesars Head State Park, which is famous for its "100-mile view." We'll get a private tour of the BMW CCA Foundation's museum, too, before returning to Greenville, South Carolina, for our farewell dinner downtown. Our staff will place your luggage in your hotel room before you arrive.