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Old 07-31-2015, 07:51 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the replies. - this has been a great help. I think we have the campsites picked out now it's on to figuring out what we sent to do. Lots of ideas so far. Can't wait to go.
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You mentioned family, not sure if you have kids or their ages, but if you are looking for an indoor activity (in case of bad weather), my kids really enjoyed Wonder Works. They have one room that is lit with black lights, and you put on harnesses, clip in and go on a ropes course. They spent hours on that section alone. Have a great trip.
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:20 PM   #17
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ChrisinNJ's post about Wonder Works for an indoor activity is a good one. Also, there is the Aquarium in Gatlinburg. Kids can crawl in a tunnel into the penguin exhibit. Good photo opportunity.
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The aquarium was definitely on the list. Kids are teens. With the heat I see in the forecast I'm sure we will look for some indoor activities as well during the week. I would rather spend the week on horseback but cooler weather would make that so much more pleasant. All the suggestions have helped a lot. Thanks
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:45 AM   #19
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Q: how frequent are rest stops on I-81? A couple weeks back on route 6 across pensylvsnia I was surprised at the lack of stops.
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Lots of rest areas on I-81. North and south.
When traveling south make sure to stop at the first rest area / welcome center, this is the one after leaving West Virginia. Possibly one of the nicest we have ever been to. Bring a lunch or dinner, plenty or picnic areas. Super clean and lots of parking.
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Was a beautiful ride and easy on\off gas stations and rest areas. The trip across PA a couple of weeks ago was tough. The for all the ideas
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Just returned from a great trip and want to thank all of you for the great suggestions. We had a wonderful trip and want to go back. Only had a little over a week since we spent a lot of vacation time in July as well. We decided on NJ to the Natural bridge \ Lexington KOA. A nice wooded spot easy on\off I81. Then onto the River RV plantation in Sevierville TN. It was convinient and clean and on the outskirts of the tourist craziness called Pigeon forge. That was actually fun in moderation after spending lots of time in the woods the past couple months. It's a cross between Vegas and the jersey shore with a southern twist. Did lots of horse back riding in the mountains and loved it. I can definitely see myself living there. Our Jayco Eagle \ Ram 2500 combo did wonderfully. I81 was a pleasure to drive and designed for truckers and RVs. Thanks again everyone for planning our vacation.
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Hi franknj,
Thanks for the update. It is nice to know you and yours had a great time.
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And a special thanks to you GaryKD. I'm already thinking next year is NJ to Yellowstone and back. ...maybe I'll skip the back part and just keep going.
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Glad to hear you had a successful trip. Thanks for the update. So many times people ask for suggestions and never reply back or give a post trip comment.

Again glad your trip was good. Now to plan for the next one !
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