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untateve and sons are coming to asheville


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My wife goes back to work on 8/1 and the boys don't start school until 8/16. So, I'm taking the week of 8/5 off and me and the boys are driving to Asheville, NC.


We've never been there before. I am avoiding all amusement parks. I plan to visit the mountains and do some white water rafting. I've got the travel book but I'm wondering if there are certain activities that I should try and do with the boys that aren't the typical touristry tripe. At the time of the visit, my boys ages will be 7 and 9.



The wisdom of your input would be appreciated.

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Nantahala River--by Fontana Dam--great white water rafting--In Pisgah National Forest--Sliding Rock(about an 80 foot natural water slide)--also if you are there at night there is a mountain called Shining Rock which has a top littered with white mica and it glows on clear nights which is kinda cool--also the area is chock full of great trout fishing spots if that is your calling

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About twenty years ago took the kids on the Nantahala River. Fun was had by all. Don't recall if ist close to Asheville or not.

At any rate enjoy your trip unateve.



Drove thru that area a couple weeks ago and thought it was beautiful, thinking about giving that white water thing a try there next summer. :D

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Unta, good suggestions on the Nantahala and Sliding Rock. Your boys will absolutely love sliding rock, and its going to be hot. It's good for a couple of hours of entertainment.


Went rafting on the Nantahala with the Boy Scouts several times. I even fell out on the Falls! You can canoe or raft. Its a great family activity.


JJ's suggestion for the Grove Park Inn could be good too. They have a Spa there which you can attend for the day, but it's more cost effective if you're a guest in the hotel. I've always loved the hotel, it reminds me a little bit of the Shining, not in how it looks from the outside, but how it just goes on and on inside. You can get lost in it.


You could also visit Biltmore Estate. Its the largest private residence in the US. You can take guided tours, or just wander the grounds yourself. It's also possible, if you're an animal person, to take a guided tour of the property on horseback. Many movies have been filmed there. It's definately a "must see" in Ashville.


Enjoy your trip! Sorry you're not venturing a little further east, I'd drop in to say hello.

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