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Old Apr 13th, 2012, 08:48 AM
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Interesting Places Between Indiana and North Carolina

My wife and I plan to drive from northeast Indiana to Raleigh, and perhaps beyond. We have no fixed route, and we have plenty of time to "amble" both on the outward trip and back.
Can anyone suggest interesting routes or places that we might visit? These don't have to be major attractions: gardens, interesting towns, shopping, local history, pretty country and whatever else you might think of would all be welcome.
Generally, we'd be in western and southern Ohio, West Virginia, southwest Virginia and northern NC. Alternately we'd be in eastern Indiana, eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, then northern North Carolina.
Thanks for any and all ideas!
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Old Apr 13th, 2012, 09:03 AM
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If you haven't enjoyed the covered bridges of your state in Brown County you could do that on one way or the other--more to the center of the state.
You might enjoy going to Pleasant Hill, the Quaker village in Kentucky, sort of south of Louisville.
Berea, Kentucky has an interesting school and wonderful crafts.
In the southwestern corner of Ohio is Lebanon--a really old town, with a good restaurant called teh Golden Lamb--and a ton of antique shops.
It is a pretty drive across southern Ohio on route 35 to connect to Interstate 77 down through West Virginia.
In Mt. Airy, NC, you can opine with Andy Griffith and Aunt Bee.
Around Raleigh, more specifically Hillsborough, is a nice old town--and the Vietri pottery outlet. Chapel Hill and Durham of course.
And not too far south of I40 is Ashboro--and Seagrove--and absolutely wonderful area for pottery--probably 100 potters there. Worth a whole day of just going from one to another--all different styles of pottery and ceramic.
Charlotte is worth a look for some pretty outstanding museum going at the moment.
Asheville for Biltmore House.
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Kentucky is bourbon country and there are many distallaries you can visit and even sample the product. The New River Bridge in WVA is a spectacular sightt. Not on the most direct route for you, but Williamsburg and Yorktown in VA are geat places to visit. If you go a more southen route, the Delta Queen steamboat is tied up and open for visits in Chatanogga, TN.
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