Hi All! Collectively you made last years trip PHX to Miami a blast - fingers crossed you all can offer up some good advice this go round!
We will be picking up a car in NYC and driving it home to Phoenix. We have 2 days in the city visiting kids and then come Sunday morning June 27 we are on the road. Avid hikers, we are planning to go south via Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. Thoughts are to stay a night at Skyland Resort stop and hike prior to night arrival and then drive again in the morning stopping along the way for a few more scenic hikes. The next known stop will be in Asheville to visit the Biltmore Estate. I know the speed limits are slow along both routes, and we will be wanting to stop and look about as well as hike. Ideally we will arrive in time to do a wine tour at the estate and drink some wine by 5 pm on Tuesday the 29th. Where would you all suggest stopping for a night ( in between Skyland & Asheville ) and are there areas where we would be better served popping off the drive(s) traveling a bit on a faster highway and then getting back on? What stretches do I absolutely not want to miss of the Skyline and BRP? Do I want to go into the Smokey Mountains?
Rest of trip has us in Memphis or Nashville ( what do you all think ) would like to eat BBQ and go to a club for music and a small tour of something interesting. Please weigh in on Beale Street vs Nashville Opry vs Graceland Or should we stay a night in both places?
Little Rock or Oklahoma City or Amarillo need to stop somewhere on this stretch and would like something interesting to do.
2 days in Santa Fe and then heading home
We need to be back in PHX Sunday July 5 ( though we do have one bumper day and could return on the 6th)
If you have lodging or dinning suggests would really appreciate the tips!
Thank you all!