Help With South Eastern Itinerary

Sep 29th, 2006, 08:49 PM
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leahinsc's suggestions are right on the money. I think you might find 7 days in Asheville is not enough. There's also the Folk Art Center on the Parkway, Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, self-guided waterfall tours in State Parks, the art walk downtown, and so much more. Just exploring the natural beauty all around Asheville could easily fill a week.
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Sep 30th, 2006, 05:21 AM
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I can't believe no one has mentioned Atlanta!! Seven nights in Nashville and Savannah are too much. Atlanta now has the city pass which gets you into the new aquarium, World of Coca Cola, CNN Tour, High Museum of Art-they are the only partner in the world with the Louvre and are displaying some of their paintings, and a choice between the zoo and Atlanta history center and a choice between the Fernbank Museum-natural history-and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Right outside of Atlanta is Stone Mountain Park and Six Flags is on the outskirts of town. They have both the Carter Center and Library, MLK gravesite and center, Sweet Auburn-historical African-American area, tours of the Georgia Dome and Turner Field, Centennial Park right downtown and many other sites. Additionally, it is an easy drive from Nashville to Atlanta and then on to Savannah. You could easily do a week in Atlanta and 3-4 days in the other cities and maybe Ashville or Charleston.
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Sep 30th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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Since you mentioned wanting to see the Smokies, here's another suggestion for something to do while you are in the Asheville/Eastern Tennessee area.

If you like visiting old historic sites, you'll love Cades Cove. It is part of the National Park, and features an 11 mile loop paved road that you can meander along in your car. It weaves in and out of forests, pastures and old homesites. The entire area is surrounded by beautiful mountains. There are several churches and ancient graveyards along the way, and you can get out and wander around and inside each building while you are there. There's also a gift shop, working mill, cabins once occupied by early settlers and other interesting things to see.

One unique feature of Cades Cove is that the animals are quite used to humans being around, and if you are there just before dusk, many of them come out to feed. You will be treated to close-up views from you vehicle of lots of deer, other wildlife and occasionally a black bear. The last time I was there, I had the pleasure of watching THREE cubs climb up a tree nearby, while their mother sat at the base of the tree and kept a watchful eye on them.

There are also certain times when the road is closed to vehicles, and bicycles are the only mode of transportation allowed in. You can rent bikes from the park office and take a leisurely cruise around the entire park. There's horseback riding and lots of other interesting activities as well.

Although you could take highways most of the way to get there, you can also follow the Blue Ridge Parkway south until it ends, then get on the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway and take it all the way to the Visitor's Center just a few miles before you reach Gatlinburg. Make a left at the Ranger Station/Visitor's Center (might want to stop in for souvenirs, directions, maps, etc.) and follow that road all the way until it ends at Cades Cove.

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Sep 30th, 2006, 10:57 AM
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Thanks for that additional information.

With all the help and recommendations we have received, we thought we had this itinerary sussed:

Charleston - SC 7 nights
Ashville - NC 7 nights
Nashville - TN 7 nights

Then someone (no offence) throws in Atlanta, with a great itinerary as what is on offer in Atlanta.

Guess it’s back to the drawing board.

Thank you all for the advice & support.


I asked you to convince me that Ashville was worth 7 nights, reading yours and other post’s has convinced us it is worth 7 nights.

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Sep 30th, 2006, 11:06 AM
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I think Atlanta has some great attractions and would give you a metro kind of stay. The new aquarium is spectacular as is the renovated/expanded High Art Museum.
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Sep 30th, 2006, 11:12 AM
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No offense and while I like Atlanta and it does has some great things to offer, it is more of a metro locale than a vacation spot.

Given your seven night deal, IMO, that would be too long in Atlanta.
Sep 30th, 2006, 12:42 PM
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totally agree that 7 nites is too long in Atlanta but maybe to take one of those 7 nites (maybe Nashville) and spend only 3 or 4 there and 3 or 4 in Atlanta?
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Oct 1st, 2006, 04:26 PM
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I, myself would either do your Charleston, Nashville, Ashville plan or do what leahinsc recommends.
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Oct 2nd, 2006, 12:15 PM
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would not be bad. You did mention that you wanted to be amongst the action, so perhaps adding Atlanta is not a bad idea.

However, I think Asheville and Charleston are going to offer you an environment that is unique to this part of the country. The other cities are simply not going to do that to the same degree, especially Atlanta will not.

If you're going to give up some days to add Atlanta, take them from Nashville, not the beautiful Appalachian mountains and not one-of-a-kind Charleston.

One final point. You mentioned wanting to be near the beach. You do realize that Charleston is a harbor town, right? However, you can drive to beautiful beaches such as Isle of Palms in half an hour from downtown Charleston.
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:43 PM
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Since I live close to Asheville, I rarely...if ever...stay in hotels up there. But, I tried to find out a little information about the two Holiday Inns you asked about. It seems the biggest difference between them is that the one at 1450 Tunnel Road is 6.1 miles from downtown Asheville. It has an outdoor pool.

The one at 42 Tunnel Road is 1.41 miles outside of Asheville, and has an indoor pool.

If you've never been to Tunnel Road, it is a commercial area....the mall is there, many major fastfood chains and national chain restaurants, movie theatres, hotels, outdoor specialty shops, a toy store, etc. If you head west on Tunnel Road from either of those hotels, you will encounter multiple traffic lights and eventually can drive through the tunnel and will find yourself downtown on the other side.

Or, you can get on the highway and zip into town, taking any of the next few exits to get you right into the heart of Asheville.

Downtown Asheville is quite ecclectic, and worth taking a leisurely stroll around.

Tunnel Road is pretty busy traffic-wise most of the time, but you can be out and on the Blue Ridge Parkway from there in no time at all.

If you drive through South Carolina on your way up, gas taxes are cheaper in that state, so you might want to fill up before you cross the state line and see the prices jump!

Enjoy your trip.
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Oct 9th, 2006, 11:27 AM
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Wow, Wow, Wow.

With so much advice and help, it was difficult trying to come up with the best itinerary.

Most forum members who have contributed to my post, seem to be in agreement with Nashville – Charleston – Asheville, although there are different opinion’s on which to do 1st, however, we have decided on the following itinerary:

Charleston – 7 days

Asheville – 7 days

Nashville – 7 days.

My partner and I are very very grateful to the members on this forum, without your contribution, we would never have come up with the above itinerary.


My appreciation to you for taking the time to investigate the difference between the 2 Holiday Inn’s, on Tunnel Road.

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Oct 9th, 2006, 12:50 PM
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We're going to Charleston in a few weeks and would love to hear about your trip! Please post when you get a chance.
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Oct 9th, 2006, 01:15 PM
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Very sorry, Our trip is not until August 2007.

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