I am posting this request on both the Aseville and Gatlinberg forums, since part of the question is how to split our trip between the two.....
We are planning a week trip in early May to the area hoping to see highlights of both BRP and GSMNO. We are a couple in our late 40`s, enjoying views and nature (albiet not great hikers unfortunately), as well as intersting paces (as Biltmore) and shopping.....
I read quite a lot of posts, yet would appreciate directed guidance to a few questions:
1. We are flying in from NYC. We thought Asheville should be a good point to arrive and embark, yet flights are limited. Is Charlotte a better point?
2. How should we split our time? We would rather travel less per-day and move. Should we travel towards Boone/Blowing Rock (and then what?) or towards Cherokee and from there towards the Park and TN? Should we stay in any of those towns or split our lodgings between Asheville and Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge?
Please forgive me for such elementary questions. I promise that after you responses, my next questions will be more focused.