As 2012 draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the places we’ve been this year and have recommended in our Vacation Planner and Summer Day Trip pieces. Perhaps, these will stimulate your discussion of possible family excursions.
Nestled at the western end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this hamlet gives an excellent idea of life in the mountains up until the 1940s when the Park came into existence. Located about 25 miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee which is about 5 hours from Columbia, it’s well worth the trip.
Biltmore House was the home of George Washington Vanderbilt and his family and is the largest private home in the country. The estate offers plenty of other opportunities such as shopping, wine-tasting and recreational opportunities. Asheville is about 3 hours or so from Columbia.
This state run historic site commemorates a revolutionary war battle. The site features two hiking trails and an interpretive center. Clinton is a little over an hour from Columbia.
This tour, jointly operated by the Gray Line and SpiritLine Cruises gives a perspective of Charleston from both land and water with a 1 1/2 hour bus tour and a 1-hour harbor cruise. An excellent way to see Charleston that’s easy on the feet!
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