Great Smoky Mountain Railway and Cherokee, NC
A four-day mountain adventure
Tuesday – Friday, May 1-4, 2018
We invite you to join the Lifetime Learning Center for a four-day excursion to the Mountains of Western North Carolina. Our travel dates are Tuesday, May 1 through Friday, May 4. An exciting line-up of museums, attractions and inter-actions for our LLC travelers has been planned.
The tour will include:
Harper House, Hickory, NC
Considered by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History to possess “the finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state,” A momentous preservation project, with the Historical Association of Catawba County raising $2,000,000 for restorations, the Harper House welcomes visitors as a house museum, interpreting both Hickory history, through the numerous significant families who lived in the house, and Victorian life in the South, circa 1887, the date of the house’s construction.
The Great Smoky Mountain Railway – Day Excursion
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Great Smoky Mountains while traveling along the Nantahala River. The Fontana Trestle takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Arrive at the Nantahala Outdoor Center for a one-hour layover where you can relax by the river or enjoy sightseeing! Our First Class tickets will feature seating at a dining table in a climate-controlled car with large picture windows. Enjoy breath-taking scenery while chugging through Western North Carolinas’ diverse setting.
Cherokee, North Carolina
A culture, a people and a place that’s actually a sovereign nation, Cherokee is located right in the heart of Western North Carolina. It’s also base camp for the Great Smokies, arts and crafts shopping, native elk herd viewing and home to a history that spans millennia.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Named “One of the top ten native sites east of the Mississippi” by Cowboys & Indians Magazine, The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is “A Model for Museums.” And like the Cherokee people themselves, it’s entirely unique. Experience the 11,000-year-old Cherokee story vividly through interactive video, intriguing displays, and a full sensory experience.
Oconaluftee Indian Village
As you enter the soft trails of the village, it’s no longer the 21st century: you’re immediately transported to the 1760s. A Cherokee cultural expert will lead participants on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history.
The North Carolina Zoo
Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 2,200-acre tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains. Approximately 500 acres of this property have been developed into the largest “natural habitat” zoo in the United States. You won’t find cages made of steel and concrete here. Our animals are given enclosures that mimic their natural habitats to include trees, ponds, rocks, grass and dirt.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
The 21-story, four-star, luxury hotel is nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
Three nights at The Cherokee Resort and Casino, a four-star, luxury hotel, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
- Continental Breakfast (1)
- Resort Breakfast Buffet (3)
- Brio Tuscan Grille , Dinner (1)
- Lunch, First Class car on Great Smoky Mountain Railway (1)
- Lunch, Box lunch at Indian Village (1)
Registration Fees for this tour:
Registration Fee per person / Double Occupancy = $789.00
Registration Fee per person / Single Room = $969.00
A $200 non-refundable deposit is due at the time registration to secure space on this tour. The balance will be due 45 days prior to departure, on March 16, 2018. A registrant, who cancels the tour within 30 days of departure, would be subject to a forfeiture of the $200 deposit.
Tour registration fees will only be refunded if the pre-determined minimum enrollment is not met, and the trip is canceled because of low enrollment. If the college, or the venue or the hotel determines that threatening weather must cancel a trip, no direct refund will be offered. An alternative trip date will be selected and the trip will go on as offered on the new date. If this is not possible, a refund will be issued.
A refund of fees to a registered participant will only occur when a cancellation is made at least 36 hours in advance of the event AND a replacement from the waiting list registers for the open spot. We understand that “life happens,” so please contact the Lifetime Learning Center as soon as possible if a last-minute circumstance arises. We often have a waiting list for each trip, and we will attempt to fill a spot if we are notified in time.