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“Interesting”

Fontana Dam & Visitors Center
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Owner description: One may take a cable car ride into the depths of the Fontana Dam.
St. Augustine, Florida
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105 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is indeed quite interesting, and fascinating to see how it all works. The water is an amazing sight. You get to know the history of it all too. Great experience

Visited December 2011
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maggie valley
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Hard to get tou, but pretty.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

I have gone here by boat (easiest way to get there) and by car. If you get car sick
You may not want to do it or take a nausea pill before hand. The road twists and turns constantly and it is a low speed limit.
However once you make it there be sure to stand in the middle of the bridge and look down the valley and then look straight down. Whcih is about 400 feet down. Also take note of the gaint flood gates. That are still active, although haven't been used in a while. Also look at the chain that operates the doors.
Be sure to go in the gift shop/museum they have there. There are some interesting pictures, facts, and hands on stuff for the kids.

Visited October 2011
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Milford, Delaware
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful Scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you are in the area..don't forget to stop and see the Fontana Dam. The scenery there is absolutely breathtaking and the view from the dam is beautiful.

The ride takes you through the mountains and the trees and the rocks you see are awesome. We were on motorcycles and I don't think you can appreciate the ride in a car. If you have a motorcycle, it's the only way to go!

Visited August 2012
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“It's One Heck of A Drive, But Worth Every Curvy Mile...!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

While in the Bryson City, NC area whitewater rafting, my husband and I decided that we could NOT go back down the mountain without seeing the noted Fontana Dam. Off we went on what turned into a very long (over an hour) ride through some of the most breathtaking scenery we have ever seen as we viewed water falls, rock formations, glorious mountain foilage, and Fontana Lake Marinas to our left and right before, finally, reaching the famous Fontana Dam. And, I must say, the sight and history before our eyes was worth every mile on our tired bodies!! What a wonder to behold...most especially considering this outstanding TVA project was completed, man made lake and working dam, in the 1940's when innovation was infantile and American will was strong. We would make this trip again to see such a marvel, indeed. I will say that the Fontana Dam Village area is NO place to visit for long. There is one small store with a very friendly clerk to buy a beer, soft drink or snack or shoot a game of pool and gas up for the ride down the hill, but little else but the Fontana Dam Resort. So, eat before your trip up and be sure and stop at this wonderful store before you head down the hill...but all the inconvenience is well worth this slice of American history!! A sight to behold, indeed!!

Visited August 2012
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Rockwall, Texas
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80 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Amazing Architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

The architecture of this structure is amazing, especially given the time frame if was constructed. It's well worth the drive to the top and bottom to see it all. It's even better on a motorcycle!

Visited March 2012
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