MAGGIE VALLEY, NC
Wheels through Time | Maggie Valley, NC
Get your Motor Running
Full disclosure. I am not a motorcycle mama. I’ve ridden them, and they’re lots of fun, but it’s not my life’s passion, if you know what I mean. That said, the Wheels through Time Museum is home to arguably the world’s finest collection of rare American vintage motorcycles.
Here’s how one visitor described her experience on Trip Advisor: “an amazing (and huge) collection and we are so glad we went there. You don’t have to be a motorcycle expert to love it, either – we were just three 22-year-old girls on a road trip that went through Maggie Valley. Will definitely be back some day.” And that’s not the only rave review. Tour groups come from Italy, France, all over. The museum has been lauded in magazines worldwide. It is clearly something special.
With more than 300 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, you’ll see products from Harley Davidson, Indian, Excelsior and others. There are exhibits on early modes of transportation, military and law enforcement use of bikes, board track racing, hill climbing machines and much more.
Founded by Dale Walksler in 1993, the museum houses more than bikes. Memorabilia is on display that will take those of a certain age back to childhood and help visitors understand the integral part this gasoline-powered beast played in the pursuit of the American dream. It carried folks to work, and afterwards, took them out to play. It was affordable freedom on two wheels. Many early models are on display and, even more fascinating, a number of them are in good working order. Among the reviews on Trip Advisor, you’ll find several people who were taken out for a ride during their visit.
WOW Factor: They glitter, purr and roar. Hundreds of videos include antique motorcycle restoration programs, as well as event shows, virtual tours, feature bike shows and more. The gift shop provides fun souvenirs including hats and t-shirts. (If you want a woman’s shirt that says “Pretty Fast,” this is the place.) Mugs, decals and all things Harley can be found here. Stay tuned, because the Discovery Channel is in production with a new program that will showcase motorcycles and so much more.
Hint: When cycle fascination ends, the museum is just five miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as Maggie Valley’s scenic charms and Western North Carolina’s many attractions.
Learn More at: Wheelsthroughtime.com / Call 828.926.6266
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