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A few questions about Biltmore Estate

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A few questions about Biltmore Estate

After some of the poor reviews on TA, I'm debating whether we should take the time out of our trip to go here. We are a family of four with kids ages seven and eight. We are coming down from western NY and traveling through PA, VA, NC, TN and our final destination is KY.

I'm trying to pick a wide variety of things to do so we aren't seeing the same thing over and over again from state to state. Would you consider The Biltmore Estate a "must do" if you were in the area? Our total trip time is nine days, including driving time.

Biltmore looks huge and I'm guessing this is a place that we should spend the entire day. Is this place worth an entire day of a nine-day trip???

We are planning on visiting either Sunday, 4/13 or Monday, 4/14. Which day would be better crowd-wise?

Thanks in advance if you can help me decide what to do!!! ;-)

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We took our two daughters in December 2006 and they loved it. They were 8 & 10 at the time. We were staying at the Inn and found a scavenger hunt game they could play while we toured. They really got into it and still talk about the trip. There is a cute candy store and toy store on the grounds.

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The Biltmore is huge and since I live close by we visit. I am not sure I would take a day and dedicate to it. Now, I would rather be hiking than touring some dude's old home (lol).

With that said we studied Almstead in our planning courses when I went to grad school to be a city planner. I liked the history of it and my 11 year old loves American history and she likes the home. My six year old was done in about 15 minutes.

The home is so opulant and even garrish (sp) that it is amazing the size of Vanderbilt's ego and bank account. I thank the man for he started America's first school of forestry which can be seen off US 276 at the Cradle of Forestry and much of what the southern portion of the Pisgah National Forest was formerly his estate. My favorite part of the tour is the basement with all the pictures. It is fascinating what it took to build the place. I spend most of time there.

But your original question of taking a day just for that home, I would not do it as a passing through kind of thing. Maybe you should take 9 days in the Smokies and Asheville area and make it a destination type trip? Have a good a time there. i want to do the rangerove off road driving experience (off road school for 4WD trucks).

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