My wife and I are going to be driving to the Asheville and Smoky Mountain areas soon and have the good fortune of having about 9 days after we arrive (driving from New York). We have tentative plans, but I am trying to figure out how best to break up the time/accomodations so that we won't have to drive long distances to visit areas of interest but also don't have to move around too much, if possible.
We will probably stay for a few nights close to the Smoky Mountains (We were consideringTownsend) and then go to the Asheville area. During our visit we intend to go to Biltmore, do some hiking, general sightseeing, people watching, etc. We may also spend a night in Bowling Rock for a night as we head back north.
Should we consider staying in another location(s) as well? I like to try to strike a balance between having things to do to keep busy, but not so much that it isn't relaxing or that it feels rushed. We have never visited the area before, so I'm not certain how long it makes sense to stay (I generally see posts where people indicate they are going for only 2-3 days). I was considering a drive out to Nashville for a few days as well, but thought that perhaps might be pushing it a bit.
Any thoughts are welcome, including suggestions of things to do during the visit .