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Old 12-23-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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Suggestion for summer 2012 - Florida to ???

Last year our family/summer vacation was 10 days in Washington DC and Colonial Williamsburg. We are looking for some suggestions for next summers trip and I thought I wold throw it out to the forum.

Our family is my wife and I and our three daughters (12, 10, and 8). Our initial thought was mountains (Georgia, Smokies, etc) but really we are open to suggestions!

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My vote would be the Smokies. Sevierville and Pigeon Forge have more than enough to see and keep you and the girls busy.
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:56 AM   #3
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Yes, Smokies are awesome. I lived for 2yrs in Asheville, NC. Lots of things to do. Rivers and waterfalls. One place south of Asheville had a waterfall slide that was about 100 yards long/down. Fantastic, all day playground. Blue Ridge Parkway is great scenic drive.

Hiking, kayaking, canoes, lakes, biking, golf. Now I miss it.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:38 AM   #4
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It is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. How about battlefields, monuments, re-enactments? You may not want to hold out for the 200th anniversary.
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Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway combination.

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Within the Blue Ridge province are two major national parks: the Shenandoah National Park in the northern section and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the southern section
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ridge_Mountains
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Love the Shenandoah Valley, and hope to move there in the future. Roanoke, VA is a great city to spend some time in. It has an open street market in the Summer. Be sure to stop by the Visitor's Center - It has a small Raymond Loewy exibit. Lots of good food, including our FAV Smokey Bones BBQ.
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That would be Disney in Minnesota where the Summer temps are below 100, Right?

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Hi GetnBusy,
My vote is also for the Smokies. The Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are are "G" rated for entertainment and CGs. Along the Parkway there are shows to see and all kinds of entertainment. In the Smokey Mountain National Park there are many different activities (hiking, scenic, over looks and old time towns restored for tourists). In Sevierville, there are plenty of high quality shopping opportunities for the wife and girls. Dad, this means you might get the day off to spend at the CG pool.

I spend a lot of time in the area. If you want detailed suggestions PM me here at iRV2.
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Just thought Disney would be great for kids those ages, if they haven't been. Then maybe Minnesota.
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How about a two stop trip. Myrtle Beach and Shenandoah. We have been to Shenandoah twice and stayed on Skyline Drive at Big Meadows Campground. At Myrtle Beach its been Myrtle Beach Travel Park.

Next year we will be making our first trip to the Smoky's too.

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Yes, Smokies are awesome. I lived for 2yrs in Asheville, NC. Lots of things to do. Rivers and waterfalls. One place south of Asheville had a waterfall slide that was about 100 yards long/down. Fantastic, all day playground. Blue Ridge Parkway is great scenic drive.

Hiking, kayaking, canoes, lakes, biking, golf. Now I miss it.
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I agree! We went in Oct to see the leaves change, Biltmore was fabulous and the girls would love it.
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Well the Smokies seem like a great idea. I'm thinking about spending a few days in northeast Georgia (Tallahua Gorge & Black Mountain) before heading to Asheville, NC which will be our base camp for exploring the Smokies.

No luck getting a reservation at the national park so it looks like it will be private campgrounds this trip.

Starting to finalize the trip details but I'm still debating whether we should spend 5-6 days in the Asheville area or break those days up by spending some days in the Siersville/Pigeon Forge area.

Any thoughts/suggestions?
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Hi GetnBusy,
There is a lot to do on both sides of the mountains. When you tour the Vanderbilt "summer home", make sure your daughters understand the importance of checking out their potential suitors bank statements. Other than the Vanderbilt estate, for me, the East side of the mountains is mostly natural entertainment. There are rocks and mountains to climb, panning for precious metals/gems (make sure you buy the salted buckets), etc. The West side is Dollywood and all kinds of entertainment shows along with many places to eat and shop. It comes down to what you will enjoy the most.

Lastly, once set up in camp, you'll drive a lot less on the West side than on the East side.
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