We have a trip planned in mid-April but unfortunately it's a short one. How's the following sound to make the best use of our time? Ideally, we'd use more of the BRP on Day 2 heading to the park. But we don't have a lot of time and I'm hopeful we'll see similar scenery on the roads we will be traveling on.
Day 1 - We fly into Charlotte at 9:39 PM and plan to put some miles behind us by staying in Shelby, NC that night.
Day 2 - Leave Shelby and head to Gatlinburg. Planning to take I-40, to 74 to 19, entering Great Smokies via Cherokee. Drive Newfound Gap Rd across the park, stopping at vistas along the way. If the weahter is clear, head to Clingman's Dome. Check into hotel, have dinner, and head to Cades Cove for dusk (sunset is 8:10ish).
Day 3 - Drive the Roaring Forks Motor Trail. Then short 1 hour Horseback Ride at Smokey Mountains Riding Stables, on Rt 321, 5 mi east of Gatlinburg. Next, Whitewater rafting at 2:00 approx 15 miles further east on Rt 321 in Hartford, TN. Drive I-40 to Asheville and stay the night.
Day 4 - Full day at Biltmore property and Biltmore village. Spend night in Asheville.
Day 5 - Breakfast and stroll in downtown Asheville. Return to CLT for 1:30 flight.