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Southeast US Road Trip

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Southeast US Road Trip

My wife, 2 boys (16 and 14) and I are tentatively planning a circle route through the SE US, may be the last "family vacation" with the boys. Looking for some adventure, outdoor activities and memorable fun but we only have 7-9 days. Here's what we have so far:

2-3 days in Panama City Beach, usual beach activities, Sea Screamer boat / dolphin trip / snorkeling etc.

2-3 days southeast TN (near Ocoee) - camping in a Yurt, rapids rafting at Ocoee (site of 96 Olympics whitewater), hiking, horseback riding, maybe a zipline day.

2-3 days near Asheville, NC - visit Biltmore then look for other hiking/sightseeing nearby.

Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Southeast US Road Trip

Can't help with the Panama City or Ocoee sections, but I can suggest you look at www.romanticasheville.com for tons of good ideas for outdoor activities near Asheville. You could easily do two or three days of hiking there. Your boys might like Sliding Rock (depending on the time of year). Good hiking at Graveyard Fields (on the BRP) and at Mt Mitchell State Park (also on the BRP) - can be some strenuous hiking if that is what you are looking for.

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2. Re: Southeast US Road Trip

Thanks for the link and suggestions. I should also mention that we're starting / ending about 1 hour north of Orlando and we're traveling in early June.

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3. Re: Southeast US Road Trip

Here are links to some companies in the Ocoee area-

http://www.ocoeerafting.com/

http://www.questexpeditions.com/

http://www.hcrivers.com/

Also here is a link to the SE TN tourism board- lots of links to adventure activities-

http://www.southeasttennessee.com/www

We prefer the Beaches of South Walton and the Destin area in the Panhandle so cannot give you any info on Panama City- we do not like the crowds and all the touristy attractions of Panama City.

Good luck!!

Edited: 18 April 2012, 11:51
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4. Re: Southeast US Road Trip

Thanks for the great links - looks like there's a lot of rafting companies to choose from, all with more or less the same trips available. Great SE TN link with lots to do, thanks!

We have previously been to Destin / FWB and normally would agree with you to go for peaceful relaxation instead of touristy stuff (remember we live near Orlando and I avoid that mess at all costs!), but in this one case we're going for all the activities 2 teenage boys would want.

Thanks again -

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