Duration: 9 days (Saturday June 13 - Sunday June 21)
Cost: roughly $1,000/person which covers all expenses (gas, accommodations, food, admissions)
Distance Driven: roughly 4,000 km
Top 3 Highlights (in no particular order):
- Georgia Aquarium, which this shouldn't be too much of a surprise for me since I did drive all the way to see it, it was still quite the sight to actually see it and compare it to what you had in mind. While it wasn't as large as I imagined it would be, the star attraction that I went for, the whale shark, met my expectations. What exceeded it was definitely the dolphin show. I know that it has weird times and you need to make sure you get in while there are still seats, it was definitely worth it and I would say, makes the Georgia Aquarium, one of the must-see sights there.
|Two whale sharks with two giant stingrays.|
Lowlights (only had one disappointment):
- Shenandoah National Park, while it isn't bad, it just did not compare at all, in my opinion, to what I got to see at the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). To add insult to injury, there is an admission fee to the park, mind you, it is only $20 and it is good for 7-days, you can get on the BRP for free and it is MASSIVE (over 490 miles).
Must try food places (in no particular order):
- Nine Mile, Allison really like the scallop and mussel pasta dish, and although my jerk chicken pasta was a bit confusing, given how much she liked her dish, I'd say it is worth stopping at.
- Sunny Point Cafe, both of our dishes here were really good and I really enjoyed the drinks and dessert that we had as well.
|Chicken and sweet potato waffles.|
|Ice Box Key Lime Pie.|
- I greatly underestimated how large some of the areas that I was visiting and I should have done a bit more research. Awhile I thought that we could do Clingmans Dome and Chimney Tops in the same day, it is a bit of a stretch when you include a lunch break inbetween and then having to drive all the way back to Asheville would have made for a really long day. In hindsight, if I want to do more of Great Smoky Mountain next time, I would stay nearby in Cherokee which would save roughly 3 hours round-trip versus staying in Asheville.
Hope you enjoy reading about our trip. If you have any questions about what we did, feel free to ask.