Quote Originally Posted by pappy35 View Post
I'm dying to visit the area but my desire to steer clear of that rowdy "biker" scene will keep me from lodging too close to the dragon itself. I don't mind observing, and sometimes participating in, the spectacle but I do like to sleep in peace.
FYI, there is a string of modern motels along the highway just south of Bryson City. Have stayed there twice and nice accomodations, and not too far from The Dragon.

Gatlinburg has more 'bustle' to it, and more choices for dinner, shops, etc.