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Old 05-09-2012, 06:58 AM   #1
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1 Week leaving from ATL, where would you go

OK, I have a week of in June and my son (11) and I are looking for a destination to take our RV for the week. WE thought about Niagara Falls, but we will not be towing anything so things will need to be within walking/biking distance......

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1. Destinations you may have been to on the East Cost that could be fun
2. How far do you drive during a Day.....
3. Is taking only the Bicycle on a trip like this not enough?

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Stefan,

After doing MANY trip with 3 boys over the years, I have been in your shoes quite a few times. Here are some ideas:

1. Ask Ian where he wants to go and make it happen.
2. If you are set on Niagara Falls, here are some stops along the way from Atlanta:
- Wright Patterson Airbase in Dayton OH. A fantastic collection of airplances, drones, stealth bombers, etc
- Mammouth Cave, KY - Trog tour is for kids under 12 only
- Corvette Museum and Assembly Plant in Bowling Green KY
- Ft Knox tank museum
- Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH
- Maid of the Mist boat ride at Niagara Falls
- Louisville Slugger plant
- largest free skatepark in Louisville, KY
- Lost Sea cavern in Sweetwater, TN

I have been to all these places with my boys and have had NO complaints.

Plan out your week so that you can see as much as possible. You can rest when you get home! Some stops (Corvette Plant) may need prior reservations. All of these have ample RV parking. In Niagara Falls, you can take a bus tour from the campground.

Give your son the job of navigator so he stays involved.

Good luck!
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A few years ago we did a week whirlwind history trip from Atlanta to Niagara Falls, to Boston (to pick up our DD), on to Plymouth, and New Bedford (visited with friends), through N.Y. City to Washington D.C., then Charleston to back home in a friend’s class C with 6 people.. It was a lot of driving, with 3 nights in Hampton Inns and 4 nights in actual camp grounds. Parking the RV was not easy in most of these cities but you could use the bikes easily. We did walking tours.

With just a week, my suggestion is plan, plan, plan. Make sure you have CG reservations. Get brochures from where you want to stop along the way. Niagara Falls is beautiful. We did the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, ate at the Top of the Falls and walked into Canada all in one day there. I would love to go again but with better planning and not so may stops coming home.
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I agree with RVThere, Dayton AF museum (free) Mammoth, and the rest. Canada will require passport for you, birth certificate for son. Niagara Falls, ON KOA | Camping in Ontario | KOA Campgrounds is close to falls and has bus service - parking near brink is expensive and tough. Enjoy!!
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Hi mc4fun,
Consider The Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Tennessee area. Totally :G: rated entertainment. Great Smoky Mountain NP right next door. Only a couple of hundred miles from Atlanta. There are many campgrounds to choose from. After your first visit, you'll be back.

With the $s you save in fuel (based on Niagara Falls) you can afford to rent a car. There is also good public transportation. Google Pigeon Forge Tennessee and read about it.
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Hi mc4fun,
Consider The Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Tennessee area. Totally :G: rated entertainment. Great Smoky Mountain NP right next door. Only a couple of hundred miles from Atlanta. There are many campgrounds to choose from. After your first visit, you'll be back.

With the $s you save in fuel (based on Niagara Falls) you can afford to rent a car. There is also good public transportation. Google Pigeon Forge Tennessee and read about it.
Funny you should mention it. This is what I was looking at today. 2 rivers camp site looks good..... it is defiantly on the table
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Hi mc4fun,
Two Rivers is a bit far from the local attractions. There will be traffic to contend with. If you have a class A coach consider The Dell at The Dell RV It is very near all the local activities (no other place is nearer to the activities). If you do not have A class a coach, consider River Plantation at Pigeon Forge Campground | River Plantation RV Park, Pigeon Forge RV Campground, Smoky Mountain RV Park, Sevierville RV Camping
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X2 on River Plantation RV Park. It is just off of the Parkway in Sevierville and a couple miles up from Pigeon Forge. It is a nice level RV park, some of the ones we have driven by have some nasty grades involved. We have been here for 7 nights at the Bounders of America National Rally. Most of the Bounders pulled out yesterday, and then the American Coaches started coming in for a Rally. As mentioned there are trolleys that run up and down the Parkway, we have a toad so I have no details. But do rent a car for a day or two, try to time the weather. A drive up to Clingmans Dome is a must and Cades Cove is a good bet for animals. We saw 7 Black Bears yesterday there, the last 4 were a Sow with 3 cubs. They came out of the woods and crossed the road within 50 feet of us, appx 30 people who were standing around watching them. Also, 4 deer, a red fox and a tom turkey. Try and go during the week, lots of traffic on weekends. There is no entrance fee at GSM NP. There are several other scenic drives close by with the Tail of the Dragon being one of them.The Smith Family dinner theatre put a on good G rated show, the meal was very good for a buffet style meal. Lots of other stuff to keep an 11 year old happy.

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Thanks for the feedback Bob and Gary..... we are already looking forward to it.
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OK, we will be at River Plantation for our base the week of the 11th. Well do some site seeing, White Water Rafting, and just hang out for about 3 days.
It will only be my Son and I ......sooo, ate we missing a must do?


If your in the area, stop by and say "Hello"
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Hi mc4fun,
At the CG office there should be an extensive (I do mean extensive) supply of brochures. The entire area is "G" rated so fear no attraction. One can bundle several shows and get a discount. Smoky Mountain Opry about a mile from the CG) is Broadway quality. The rest of the shows have a Smoky Mountain flavor. Titanic and Wonder Works are near the CG (about 1 mile). There is also Dollywood. It will make a full day of fun go faster than you'd ever believe. As for eating out, a left out of the CG and for the next 2 miles there is every kind of restaurant one can imagine. There is also a miniature golf course where pigs fly!
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Carowinds campground is a nice place alot to do in Charlotte
White water rafting Nascar hall of fame race shops and Carowinds
not far from Atlanta
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Now that the op is hopefully enjoying his vacation....

Gatlinburg/smoky mountains has been one of our favorite destinations since our honeymoon 25 years ago, including spring break the past 2 years...
Long b4 we did rv's...

Sevierville is gokart and mini golf central. Highly touristy, but NOT walking oriented.

Gatlinbiurg is a lot more lil stores and resturants, a lot less gokarts. U can take a ferry into gatlinburg and walk/shop/eaT for hours....
There are several nice campgrounds on the gatlinbiurg trolley routes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

There are also a lot along the wear valley parkway, all the way to the south entrance to the park. Highly recommended we've been to many, but u need a toad.

Imho, stay in or very near gatlinburg, rather than seveirville.
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