Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure places novice passengers alongside professional drivers for ride-along experiences on Talladega Superspeedway. At 2.66 miles around, Talladega Superspeedway is the largest oval racetrack in the Sprint Cup Series and is well-known throughout motorsports. Passengers circumnavigate the speedy circle at speeds of up to 175 mph aboard real racecars once owned by such drivers as Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip, and Bobby Labonte. Before embarking, riders receive safety training and suit up in a full fire suit complete with a helmet with facemask and Hans Device, the same head restraint used by professional heavy-metal guitarists. Talladega Superspeedway is located next to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is open daily to visitors.
The chauffeurs at Elite Limos zoom promptly to homesteads, airports, or other pickup points in an immaculate fleet of stretch limos and luxury sedans that garnered enough votes to be named one of CityVoter's Best Limousine services in 2010. Professionally dressed drivers shuttle wedding parties or coworkers between destinations at any hour in roadsters such as a white stretch Lincoln Navigator decked out with a bar, two flat-screen TVs, and a CD and DVD player. They also man the wheel for tours of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge or for special occasions, including carefully ferrying mom and her newborn home from the hospital after an exhausting few days of trying to learn each other's names. The team's concierge service accommodates all requests, from a light snack to armed security, for an added touch of opulence.
A bearded and scruffy Shawn Hash launched his outfitting business 20 years ago with a spartan collection of four bicycles, two canoes, and a pickup truck. Tangent Outfitters now oversees a small flotilla of aquatic craft as it leads guests to all the outdoor adventures the New River and its surrounding valley have to offer. Tubing trips afford a leisurely 1- to 2-mile jaunt down the river, with plenty of pit stops at sunny beaches, swimming holes, or riverside nail salons. Instructors bring a slice of Hawaiian watersports to Virginia with standup paddleboard lessons or teach guests to snag unsuspecting smallmouths with guided fishing trips. The surrounding mountainous trails invite bikers to speed through their dirt-stained paths, and the riverbeds host seven different types of kayak and canoe day trips. Adventurers can stock up on excursion rations at Tangent's onsite deli.