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

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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..

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