Flying in to NC or TN?

Jun 18th, 2002, 01:54 PM
  #1  
Jim
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Flying in to NC or TN?

Which airport would be nearest to Cherokee, NC if traveling by road? Thanks for any replies
 
Jun 18th, 2002, 02:15 PM
  #2  
Danna
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
there is a reasonable airport in Asheville, N.C. I would say it is about a 1 hour drive to Cherokee. You would probably connect in Charlotte, NC.

I hope your destination is merely NEAR Cherokee and that is not your vacation destination...it's pretty awful. The Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains are spectacular, but the town of Cherokee is a tacky tourist trap. Trinket shops, Indian casinos, etc. Sorry for the unsolicited advice, I know that wasn't your question. However, if you want more western N.C. commentary, I will oblige.
 
Jun 18th, 2002, 02:20 PM
  #3  
Jim
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thanks for the advice, no Cherokee isn't my intended destination but a place called Whittier. Is this a good family holiday base? Or would I be better considering somewhere else, Dillsboro, Bryson City?? It is the Blue Ridge and the Smokey mountains that we're visiting NC for. BTW how much are internal flights? We are originally flying in from England. Thanks for your help.
 
Jun 18th, 2002, 02:38 PM
  #4  
Danna
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I'm afraid I have never heard of Whittier. I'll look it up tomorrow and see if it's close to anything I'm familiar with. Bryson City is a very small town with a few B&B's. There's not really anything to do there, almost no resaurants, and I think it might be a dry county (means no alchohol sold). However, it is not touristy and would be a quiet "jumping off point" to visit both the Smokeys and the Blue Ridge. It is more or less sandwiched between. Have you considered Asheville? It's a great town with good restarants, very interesting architecture, a bit of nightlife, etc. I travel there from my home in South Carolina just about every weekend.

Are you interested in outdoor sports, or just sight-seeing? This area is so beautiful I think you will have a great time regardless of where you stay.

As to International flights, I just paid $900 to fly from Greenville SC to Paris last month. That was down from $1200 that my trip which got canceled in mid-September cost. I think I could have done better, but my travel dates were not flexible at all. Hope that helps.
 
Jun 18th, 2002, 02:46 PM
  #5  
Jim
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
It does thanks. Asheville is a place that we've considered too. What we're really after a quiet, scenic location for early mornings and evenings but near enough to things such as the Blue Ridge parkway for small hiking trips, Great Smoky mountain railroad for scenic journeys and not too far from Dollywood! My children really want to go there! Anyway if I can be of assistance for any trips you may wantto make to England or Wales, don't hestiate to ask as I've lived in both countries. Thanks once again
 
Jun 18th, 2002, 04:38 PM
  #6  
ramjet
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
To Jim; Jim I was born in Bryson City and am very familiar with western NC. Whittier forms a triangle with Cherokee, Bryson City and itself. Only a few miles seperates. I cant think of where you would be staying there; is it with a relative or maybe a rental? If this is about the kids wants I beg to differ with Danna; sure Cherokee is kinda cheesy but the kids would love it!! There is a neat fun park, a couple of places to see live animals (black bears, Grizzlies, etc.) Dont worry they keep them very clean. Theres also a fun little Sky lift up the mountain with a great view. Also Cherokee is home to the eastern band of Cherokee Indians and remember this is where some of the original Cherokees stayed and weren't forced on "The Trail of Tears". There is a play that goes on in the summer called "Unto these Hills" it is very moving and a must for history buffs and people who enjoy plays. The kids might enjoy it too. (go to untothesehills.com) Sure Cherokee has tacky shops and such but I for one enjoy it and my kids always enjoy going there (I have 5). Jim I was just there this past weekend and my 8 year old caught his first rainbow trout. We were fishing on one of the many tribal waters they have there. The rivers are mostly shallow and neat to wade in and being that the water is pure, clean and cold they love it in the summer! There is a park in the middle of town that am sure you and the kids would enjoy. It is on the main river. we own a vacation home in Franklin, NC and are only minutes from The Great Smokies, Cherokee and Dillsboro, which is home to The Great Smoky Mtn Railroad, ANOTHER fun thing to do. Our main residence is in Atlanta, Ga.. My family travels to Franklin most every weekend (2hr drive) and every weekend we do something different and exciting. So DON'T count out places like Cherokee because you may find the TTT's are the best fun!! Every weekend we see spectacular waterfalls, lakes, mountains galore, trails, golfing, fishing, trains, flea markets, and much more! Yeah I may sound like some spokesperson for The NC tourism board but my family is truly in love with the area! (Last month my wife and I were in Jamaica for a week, at the end we were more than wanting to be back in the mtns and recently were in San Fran with the family for 4 days and were missing them then. (we really enjoyed SF though) Jim, England is one place I've never been to but would love to go there, If you've got the chance to visit this area please come, You wont be dissapointed! If you have more questions feel free to ask.
 
Jun 18th, 2002, 07:29 PM
  #7  
Jim
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thanks for your reply. And for a different perspective. Our visit to NC is something we are planning for 2003 as we have to do all the organising ourselves as there is no company that does NC as a destination. Hence me seeking advice. Thanks to you both as you have been very helpful and I appreciate very much.
Best regards
Jim
 
Jun 19th, 2002, 07:25 AM
  #8  
ncgrrl
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
There is a book by Kevin Adams called "North Carolina Waterfalls: Where to find them, how to photograph them," that would be a great reference for hikes and waterfalls in NC. Maybe you could spend a day looking at the waterfalls. Loop around to Brevard, west to Franklin then back up to Bryson City. The distance is longer than you think (mountain roads) but some great waterfalls in the area.

What time of the year are you planning to visit? October is beautiful, but many places fill up early with leaf peepers.
 
Jun 19th, 2002, 07:52 AM
  #9  
Brian in Atlanta
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I would recommend you fly to Charlotte (there are non-stops from London) and drive from there. The Charlotte airport is on the NW side of the city (towards the mountains). This is assuming you don't have a problem driving on the right. You can get most places in the NC mountains in 2-3 hours (less time than you'll spend connecting to Asheville).

And don't miss Asheville. It's a wonderful small city where you can actually get a decent pint.
 
Jun 19th, 2002, 11:44 PM
  #10  
Jim
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thanks for that. Firstly I will hunt out that book, but we're planning to visit in July next year so the waterfalls may not be as splendid as they might be in the autumn. Secondly I appreciate the info on driving times and getting a pint!
Thanks to you all.
Jim
 
Jun 21st, 2002, 12:53 PM
  #11  
susan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Fly into Fly into Asheville, It's closer to Bryson and Dillsborough. Cherokee is a nice place to visit, especially the Ockonaluftee Indian Village but I agree with Danna, too commercial and touristy. Dillsborough is quaint and is easily accesible to some of our favorite family places like the Nantahala river (rafting), Deep Creek in Bryson city (tubing) and the Tuckaseegee river for more rafting in duckies. We've stayed at the Dillsborough in. Nothing fancy, just a nice home on the Tukaseegee River.
They were renovating a suite when I was there a few years ago. It looked nice. My son loved the idea that he could fish right there.
There's also the Fryemont in Bryson. Frommers gave it a good rating for lodging. It's a very old hotel and the food is great.
Either way, have fun!
 
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
lada
United States
13
Feb 18th, 2015 06:43 PM
hawksbill
United States
10
Oct 9th, 2011 03:27 AM
yanksrule
United States
8
May 18th, 2009 04:02 AM
offlady
United States
4
Aug 24th, 2004 07:17 AM
Bill
United States
7
Jun 25th, 2002 12:53 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:33 AM.