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Asheville, Great Smoky Mountains, Nashville

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My wife and I are considering a somewhat last-minute road trip for the last week of August and first week of September from New York to the areas mentioned in the topic title. We also would plan a couple of stops along the way to visit some friends. I would appreciate some input as to whether this is reasonably doable in the time allotted and also for any suggestions for itinerary (mostly interested in how much time to spend in each general location) , lodging, etc.

In general we were considering leaving New York on August 26 or 27 and driving to West Virginia (around Charles Town) to visit some friends for a day or so and then heading on Sunday the 28th early to an area around the Great Smoky Mountains. We would spend a few days in that area and then head to Nashville perhaps on Wednesday night or Thursday morning , where we would spend a few more days.

We would then drive to Asheville (probably on Sunday of Labor Day weekend). We would find some activities to do over the next couple of days and then go to Biltmore on Tuesday (hopefully following the Labor Day weekend rush) and perhaps Wednesday if we find it worthwhile to spend more time. On Thursday we might head out toward Boone, etc. and then back toward New York on Friday, again stopping to visit some friends (this time in Pennsylvania) on the way home.

My hope is to get a good taste of the Western mountain area in North Carolina and of Nashville and the surrounding area without feeling too rushed and to avoid to the extent possible the largest crowds at some of the more popular destinations, especially around Labor Day weekend . We are interested in sightseeing, hiking (light to moderate), maybe some light biking, people watching, music (although we really aren't big country music fans -- more jazz , classical, etc., but open minded about good music in other genres), etc. For lodging, we would be looking for nice, quiet, comfortable and clean accommodations at reasonably moderate prices. Food-wise, similarly, we tend toward somewhat simpler, not overly-fancy, moderately priced restaurants, although we do enjoy nicer places and ethnic restaurants as well.

Any thoughts and input is greatly appreciated!

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