United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • How do you plan your trips?
  • Please help us learn by participating in a brief survey.
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Lowkey, waterfront, natural area for winter months--no high rises
  2. 2 NYC Peer to Peer Experiences Marketplace
  3. 3 Chadd's Ford/Andrew Wyeth
  4. 4 Need advice-Early June Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake
  5. 5 Wedding and Romantic Getaway in Florida Coast
  6. 6 What type of hire car for Nat Parks in UT, AZ
  7. 7 Road trip around Washington DC
  8. 8 ONLY 2 DAYS IN WILLIAMSBURG
  9. 9 Trip Report Trip Report 2012 : 11 wonderful days in Alaska
  10. 10 Four Nights in Texas? San Antonio? Austin? Dallas?
  11. 11 Suisse Renewal
  12. 12 Kentucky Derby Shuttle
  13. 13 Denver, Colorado to Grand Canyon, Arizona Summer Trip
  14. 14 Colorado Forest Die Off - How Awful Is It? Should We Visit Elsewhere?
  15. 15 Place of Interest between Moab and LAS in Southern Utah?
  16. 16 Texarkana to Wautoma, WI
  17. 17 Breckenridge, Estes Park, and Fort Collins in May
  18. 18 California Trip
  19. 19 Car rental from Baltimore airport
  20. 20 Southwest/California NP roadtrip advice needed.
  21. 21 New Orleans
  22. 22 Maui Bed and Breakfast
  23. 23 Sunniest place to stay in Kauai
  24. 24 NE Itinerary - Thoughts?
  25. 25 Weather in Chicago
View next 25 » Back to the top

Blowing Rock, Asheville & Gatlinburg - Help me build this trip??

Jump to last reply

Need help building Family Trip Itinerary ~ Blowing Rock, Asheville & Gatlinburg

I have started planning a special family trip for 4th of July time period and I’m so excited
to see this beautiful area. My husband and I are traveling with our two children(age 6 & 3) and my Parents. My mother does have some knee limitations, but since we have small children in tow we are not planning any major hikes and I think she will do great. We are from the ‘flatlands’ of S. Florida and are only use to oceans, so the Mountains will be so exciting for us all and a first for our kids. We love animals and nature, but we also love city life and cultural things, so that is why Gatlinburg looks good for us. I do not want cabin rentals only because I feel as the caretaker of this group, I will have to still be taking care of everyone…cleaning, cooking, etc... I have not locked anything in yet, but this is what I have so far. Feel free to give me any advice, I would love your suggestions because I’m so unfamiliar with this area. And please tell me where
I should add a night or take off a night if I need to. 9 nights would be my max.

Fly into Charlotte, NC(non-stop flight for me) and drive to Blowing Rock, NC (3 Nights)– (I have not picked any hotel here, but I have looked at Chetola Resort ) – Some sightseeing options - Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, Valle Crucis area, Maste General Store. I also would love to take a day trip over to Mount Airy(One of my father’s favorite Tv shows was The Andy Griffith Show and he would love this).

July 4th - Drive to Asheville – Maybe stop in town of little Switzerland.

Asheville, NC – July 4th ( 1 or 2 nights?) – Holiday inn Downtown? My husband is from Rhode Island and so the Biltmore reminds me of Newport, so if I had to minus a night here, I could do that. But, if it’s a must see city, then we’ll add a night. My mom and I love antique stores and unique shops, so if that is here, we’d love it.

Gatlinburg, TN (Lodge at Buckberry Creek( 4 nights ) I loved the fact that this was away from the main strip, but that I could still come to downtown easily and walk around during the evening, etc. To do- Dollywood, GSMNP(2 days/ Cades Cove and Laurel Falls seem kid friendly). I’d also like to check out the Arts & Crafts Loop if we have time.

** I know that we probably won’t do everything exactly and we very easily detour from plans with kids, but, I just like to have a basic itinerary to start with. :) On top of all this, my father and husband would like to golf a couple days. Not sure if this is possible time wise, but any suggestions?? I also will add that the kids are easy travelers and content just playing outside and exploring, so I do not have to load the trip with only kid attractions.

Is this itinerary ok? What do you think and suggest? I would love to add ideas to this..

24 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement