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Road Trip Thru Appalachian Mountains - from Toronto

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Road Trip Thru Appalachian Mountains - from Toronto

Road Trip Thru Appalachian Mountains - from Toronto

We are planning a 10-14 day leisurely self drive Road Trip from Toronto between April-Oct 2012. Just the wife and I, both in our 50s (presume this is relevant).

Our interests are Natural Attractions, as well as popular tourist spots.

Would appreciate if members can suggest various SPECIFIC Day by Day itineraries (and destinations), including best time of the year to do this Road Trip!

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One way you could do this trip is to travel in September-October and follow the 'leaf turn' south. 'Leaf peeping' is very popular in the mountains, so lodging is at a premium (and so are the prices). But the colors and the mountain views are wonderful.

As far as specific itineraries and destinations, that is a little difficult to do for your whole journey. Here's some help on the part from Roanoke, VA to Asheville, NC:

Travel South on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Floyd, VA is a popular destination for its nearby wineries and Floyd Country Store (Friday night Jamboree of mountain music in the store and on the streets). On the BRP, stop at Mabry Mill (probably the most photographed place on the Parkway). Consider a stop at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax (on the Parkway). Exhibits on mountain music and summer outdoor concerts in a lovely setting.

Get off the BRP and head North into Galax. Go West on US58. Travel to Grayson Highlands State Park. There is gorgeous scenery here, including the highest mountain in Va (Mt Rogers). Wonderful hiking with wild ponies, if you enjoy that kind of thing. Continue west on US58 to Whitetop, Va. From there you can take a (downhill) bike ride to Damascus, Va on the Virginia Creeper trail. Again, gorgeous scenery and serenity. Lodging in this part of Virginia is a little sparse. People do the hiking/biking thing based out of Abingdon or Bristol.

From Bristol. head West on US421 to Boone, NC. Boone is a college town with a neat downtown area and lots of traffic in the outskirts. From Boone, head south on 321 to Blowing Rock (a very pretty destination). This is part of NC's 'high country'. Pick up the BRP heading south. Between Blowing Rock and Asheville, visit:

Grandfather Mountain

Linville Falls

Mount Mitchell (highest mountain in the Eastern US) - can drive to the top

Any of the numerous turnoffs that strike your fancy (and there are many)

For the Asheville area, check out www.romanticasheville.com That part of NC is loaded with beautiful scenery and natural attractions. It's also cooler at the higher elevations (once you get onto the BRP at Roanoke) if you decide to head south before the fall.

Have fun!

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2. Re: Road Trip Thru Appalachian Mountains - from Toronto

This 14 day leisurely drive is one way? Or do you have two weeks to travel from Toronto to Appalachian Mountains and then back to Toronto?

What do you mean "natural"? Like nude places, beaches, resorts? Also what are in your view tourist attractions? For some, for example, antiquing is a tourist attraction, personally I have no interest in any shopping. Do you have any specific areas of the Appalachian in mind?

I would suggest driving south in early may and soon start your trip north. Before it gets hot and humid. Because you.re from ON humidity in the south could cause lots of unhappiness. Furthermore, I wouldn't want to miss the fall foliage in the north. Algonquin Park, Adirondacks, NH, VT. These are areas to focus on in October. Nothing compare to the foliage in the north.

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3. Re: Road Trip Thru Appalachian Mountains - from Toronto

Thanks to all. We finally opted for Caravan's 8 Day Escorted Yellowstone / Mt. Rushmore Tour starting Rapid City and ending Salt Lake City, in July - Aug.

Taking a rain check on the Road Trip.

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