Driving from Boston, MA to Franklin, North Carolina to go gem mining. I want to take the most scenic route and avoid the main highway where possible. Are there any towns or attractions (such a national parks) along the way that are worth a stop? We are also planing to stop before and after NC, so a recommended place to stay would be appreciated as well.
I have taken very long road trips before so I'm willing to venture further than most first timers. The weirder the better!!!