I'm not new to road-tripping - pre-baby & marriage I traveled quite a bit from the Midwest to Cali and the Pacific NW. However that was nearly 10 years ago, so I am hoping to get some tips and refreshers once I explain our plan.
My husband, 5 year old and I would like to travel by car from NJ to the Great Smoky Mountains in TN over the Summer. The entire trip will take 10 hours in no traffic, however we will not be travelling straight through, I would like to stop at the mid-way point. The plan is to leave early in the morning and get 4-5 hours in, stop and eat dinner / rest overnight before proceeding the following day.
Has anyone done this trip before and do you have any suggestions as to where to stop - bearing in mind we have a 5 year old? Something family friendly, please. Also, as a side note, any cabin/resort recommendations in the Great Smoky Mountains would be lovely. We're looking at Dollywood right now and a few others. Would be great to hear from those who have stayed somewhere in the GSM and can make a recommendation.
I would also love some suggestions as to what we can do once there. For example, we would very much like to go fishing - do you know of any spots in the GSM that are appropriate for a 5 year old? Any other suggestions and tips would be very much appreciated! We will probably spend one day in Dollywood theme park regardless (I am a big fan of Dolly Parton myself, and my daughter will also enjoy it). The rest of the time we are open as to suggestions. We all enjoy the outdoors, hiking, natural beauty, nature, etc. Would love ideas!
Thank you in advance :)