Winter Road Trip from NC

Family Winter Road Trip Gatlinburg to Asheville

Looking for a fun family winter road trip in the Southern part of the country? The trip from Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Asheville, North Carolina might be the perfect one to plan. Both Gaitlinburg and Asheville have fun things to do and attractions for families not to mention taking the right route can lead to a fun picturesque ride through the Great Smoky Mountains. And if you get lucky and a little snow falls right before you live, the mountain ride will be that much better. Here are some things to do on this fun winter road trip. 


Ripley's has a great selection of family friend attractions in Gatlinburg. Ripley's Believe it or Not and the Ripley's Aquarium are possibly the most known attractions in the Ripley's family. Discover adventures, exhibits, interactive play, interesting people and more all in one place at Believe it or not. Enjoy the beauty of the aquarium which has been voted as the best aquarium in the US. But Ripley's has more to see here to including the Penguin Playhouse, Miniature Golf, and more. Check out the schedule so you can plan a day discovering this family of attractions that is fun for everyone. 

There's much more to see and do in Gatlinburg so this start or stop location is worth spending a few days to discover. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

The scenic drive from Gatlinburg to Asheville will take you through or past the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Like any national park, there's plenty to see and do. Take a hike on your own or ranger led, view wildlife, discover waterfalls and more. You could spend a day of your road trip discovering the park and setting up camp or renting a cabin. 


If Asheville is your road trip destination, you won't be disappointed. Asheville hosts annaray of activities including guided or self guided tours, hop on and off trolley rides, craft stores and markets and of course outdoor activities. Biltmore Estate and Winery is a perfect swanky location in Asheville. Dine, lounge and sip the finer life while kids get excited about the grounds, horseback riding and more. Blue Ridge Parkway is a drive within a road trip worth taking. This scenic route hosts plenty of outdoor activities for families. Fishing, zip lining and bird watching are major hits for family activities here. 

You could make a Gatlinburg to Asheville winter road trip work for a long weekend or even a week.


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