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Jan 30th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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EUROPE is OUT - NORTH CAROLINA IS IN...Need Help

Fodors is where I go when i needed help. I've gone to Europe alone and enjoyed each and every moments because of your help! Now I need your assistance again. My husband and I are planning a 10 day road trip from Miami to North Carolina which we have never been. We both enjoy scenic drive. FYI: We've been to St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Savanah Georgia all the way to the Myrthle Beach.

Date: May 15 - 25, 2012

My questions are the following:

1. Would you rather drive or fly from Miami to NC, and rent a car when we get to our destination?

2. We want it to be less stressful road trip so we do not want to drive no more than 12 hours a day. If we decide to drive we are thinking of spending the night somewhere on the way.

3. Which do you think is the best place (in your opinion) we should base ourselves in order to enjoy the mountain, the forest, the hike, the river and/or a beach

4. Which affordable hotel (no more than $100/night) do you recommend?

We are both open to any suggestions that you can provide. Thanking you in advance.

Thank you in advance.
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Jan 30th, 2013, 08:26 AM
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Fly to Asheville through Charlotte or Atlanta
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Jan 30th, 2013, 10:03 AM
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I would certainly fly, you would waste a good amount of time driving. Also, I would fly into CLT & rent a car there. You can drive to the Mts. & be there, while waiting for a connection to Asheville. If you are price conscious, I also wouldn't rule out Greenville, SC (GSP) to fly into. Southwest services it I believe, & it is only about 75 miles away (From Asheville).
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Jan 30th, 2013, 10:10 AM
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It takes 3 hours and 40 minutes both through Atlanta on Delta and Charlotte on USAirways TO Asheville.

If you are going to use Southwest you are going to have to drive to Fort Lauderdale and fly from there. And you will have to change somewhere like Memphis or Baltimore...so I would forget that one.
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Jan 30th, 2013, 01:21 PM
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I would fly to Charleston, for a few days (you don't say you've really been there).
Drive up the coast to Wilmington, across the state through Winston (Old Salem) to Charlotte. Go up to Boone/Blowing Rock and drive down to Ashville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Back to Charleston.
Or make a loop beginning and ending in Charlotte or another town with a low cost airline. Could even be Raleigh.
BUT I would give Charleston another look. It is only about 3 hours from Charlotte.
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Jan 30th, 2013, 02:10 PM
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You can fly JetBlue from Ft. Lauderdale into Raleigh-Durham. That puts you two hours from the beach at Wilmington and three to five hours from the mountains. Plus you can visit Old Salem on the way to the mountains, and there are a few things to do in the Triangle as well.

On the other hand, if you drive up you can visit Savannah, Charleston, Beaufort and the islands, but you wouldn't have time for the mountains as well.

When are you thinking of doing this? You can get a good rate at http://www.thesurfsuites.com/ through the end of February.
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Jan 30th, 2013, 03:42 PM
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The OP says they have already been all the way to Myrtle Beach.
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Feb 11th, 2013, 09:03 AM
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Thank you Fodorites. I will keep this information for future use. My vacation plan has changed "again" but for the better.
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