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Looking for something a little bit different

Comet, Qld
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Looking for something a little bit different

We are hopefully going to be doing a road trip with US friends in April or May next year. We'll be starting in Georgia and heading up to Cherokee then across to the coast and north. We'd prefer to dodge the big cities unless there's something we particularly want to see, but have realised we're sadly ignorant of what the area has to offer.

We enjoy museums, history, nature and wildlife and things that might be a bit out of the way or out of the ordinary. The men also enjoy fishing but that's not essential as they will be doing some trout fishing early in the trip.

We are probably going to argue about accommodation because we like B&Bs or pubs/inns because they're always different (though not always good) but our friends prefer chain hotels because they know what they get, which I totally understand. Any ideas on something that would be a compromise? I haven't done a lot of research yet on the B&Bs so not sure about prices. The ones I've looked at seem a bit more expensive than the British equivalent. Any other ideas on accommodation? What about hostels that offer 2 bed en-suite rooms?

What is hapening in the area at that time of year? Special festivals or celebrations?

Any suggestions gratefully considered.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

I think we need a bit of clarification here. When you say "Cherokee" which state is that - the one in North Carolina? Or did you mean Charleston, South Carolina? And when you say across to the coast, do you mean the Atlantic or the Pacific coast? How many days are you planning for this road trip?

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2. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

Yes, a little more information would be helpful.

As for accommodations--B&B's and inns tend to be fancier/pricier here in the States than in Europe. Also, we don't have the pubs with rooms as you do in Australia. Finally, hostels tend to be located in more populated places and it sounds like you are looking to stay in out-of-the-way places.

I think your best bet might be looking for cabins (state and national parks are a good place to start looking) if you don't want to stay in the chain hotels.

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3. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

Thanks for the replies. Sorry for the confusion. Guess I assumed you would understand "the coast" was the Atlantic, since Virginia doesn't have a Pacific coastline as far as I know.

Must try to remember to add the state when posting here. We will be going to Cherokee, North Carolina.

Mmm, sounds like hostels are out. Thought thre might have been some in out of the way places like there are in Britain. Not to worry. Just starting the planning solots of research still to do. Will have a look at cabins.

Thanks again.

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4. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

Well, here the the US, a road trip can be cross-country, coast-to-coast, so I just wasn't sure.

I hope you'll include Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle as part of your trip. The history focuses mainly on the Colonial period of America, mid-1770's generally, but also includes Historic Jamestowne, founded in 1607, runs to Williamsburg, Virginia's colonial capital 1699-1780, and Yorktown, the site of the battle and surrender of Cornwallis' troops to Gen. Washington. From Williamsburg, you can go east and then up the coast through the DelMarVa peninsula, and spend some time in Chincoteague and Assateague, home of the famous Chincoteague ponies. The Chincoteague Seafood Festival is the first weekend in May this year.

Continuing up the coast, you might enjoy St. Michaels, a seaside community. A stop at Baltimore or Annapolis might be of interest as well.

B&b's do tend to be pricier here, it seems. Sometimes the extra cost is justified, sometimes not. But a good compromise might be some of each, and perhaps a "boutique" hotel might satisfy both interests. We stayed in an historic one in Greensboro, NC that I enjoyed even though I'm not usually a b&b fan.

Well, that's a start, hope it helps!

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5. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

ZOEY, the only "Cherokee" to my knowledge is obviously in North Carolina, and I don't know how you could confuse it with Charleston ??

If the traveler follows an inland route through the Piedmont, I would recommend the following

http://www.visitcharlottesville.org

http://wikitravel.org/en/Charlottesville

http://www.frontiermuseum.org

http://www.luraycaverns.com

If however, the traveler goes through eastern Virginia, I would recommend the following http://www.history.org http://historyisfun.org http://visitannapolis.org

http://www.annapolis.com

As was mentioned above, the USA has very few youth hostels, and they are located mostly in a few large cities, except for the New England region, and Pennsylvania Dutch region, where they exist in small towns as well.

Edited: 20 April 2011, 03:18
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6. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

MARYLANDMIST, there is also Cherokee, Oklahoma, Cherokee City, Arkansas, and there may be others. I'm originally from the midwest, so I knew about those other Cherokees. And traveling from Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina seemed like an obvious stop, and maybe the poster got confused. So now we know what was meant.

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7. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

Thank you all. You have given me many things to think about and look at. Our friends live in the very north of Georgia, and Cherokee NC was their suggestion for our first stop as it is an area they travel to often. The idea of a seafood festival has Mr Goanna drooling (not me, so much).

Please keep any ideas coming. Even suggestions for further north as we don't have anything set in stone as yet.

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8. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

Brasstown Valley Resort is a great place in N GA about 2 hours N of Atlanta. There's a great spa and lots of activities to keep you busy.

http://www.brasstownvalley.com/

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9. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

Harrah's has a great hotel in Cherokee, NC if you are interested. Good luck.

harrahscherokee.com/casinos/harrahs-cherokee…

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10. Re: Looking for something a little bit different

Cherokee is at the NC entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Consider time at/on one or both if your schedule permits. Cherokee, in my opinion, offers very little unless you enjoy a casino. GSMNP is our most visited NP with beautiful views everywhere and you'll enjoy the interesting and historical Cades Cove area. For more information check out the NP website and the Tripadvisor GSMNP forum:

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

Blue Ridge Parkway

http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

The Parkway is 469 miles long running from Cherokee to Waynesboro VA. It's truly beautiful and much is parallel to I81 making it fairly easy to travel a section of BRP then switch over to I81 for faster travel.

Many wonderful ideas from the above posters, enjoy your trip.