We are road tripping south to spend some time with friends in Asheville NC (plus Blue Ridge Parkway surroundings, possibly Greenville SC and a little north Georgia), and plan to break up the trip a bit on the way there and back.
We'll hopefully make it in to Louisville late on a Wednesday night and hope to be to Asheville by Friday evening. Thinking of staying in Knoxville TN on Thursday(?). This means approx. 6 hours driving over two days, with advice needed to fill the time and where to stay affordably between. Must-see interesting little towns or naturally beautiful places? We tend to avoid museum-type fare since time is so limited--we just want to wander, enjoy unique sights and being away from the city.
Any advice on must-see places? Frankfort for antiques? Lexington? Best to head south from Lexington through Berea, London etc. or head all the way east toward Pikeville then south, skipping Knoxville altogether?
Any advice from folks who know the area would be much appreciated... thanks!