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Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains Self-Drive
14 days from €3,250pp
Soak up the scenery of Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks on ranger-led walks.
Look out for black bears in Shenandoah and salamanders in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Drive along the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway scenic highways, stopping to explore towns and villages en route.
Visit Washington D.C.'s iconic monuments, memorials, museums and galleries.
- Washington DC
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Includes international flights from Ireland.
Day 1 Washington DC
International outbound flight , Washington DC
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Washington DC. Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Washington DC.
Day 2 Washington DC
Today you can explore the city in-depth. We recommend visiting the Smithsonian Institute - the museums here cover a multitude of subjects, from dinosaurs to space, and many offer free admission. A visit to the White House is a must. You could also visit the Capitol Building and the National Archives, where the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are on display.
Day 3 Washington DC
Continue your exploration of Washington today. You might like to visit some other landmarks, take a boat trip on the Potomac River, or enjoy one of the many art galleries and museums.
Day 4 Charlottesville
Day 5 Charlottesville
Spend a day exploring the pretty university town of Charlottesville. There are plenty of sights to visit nearby, including three former presidential homes; James Monroe's Ash-Lawn Highlands, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and James Madison's Montpelier.
Day 6 Charlottesville
Today you can continue to explore the university city of Charlottesville or visit nearby Shenandoah National Park. The park has a large population of black bears and offers waterfalls, scenic walking trails and magnificent views.
Day 7 Roanoke
Today your drive takes you along the Blue Ridge Parkway, following the trail of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Roanoke. There is time to explore small Virginian communities and admire the spectacular mountain scenery en route.
Day 8 Boone
Day 9 Asheville
Boone , Asheville
Continue your drive south along the edge of the Cherokee National Forest to the town of Asheville. En route you will pass Lake James and Pisgah National Forest. This afternoon you may wish to visit the Biltmore Estate, once reputedly America's largest private home.
Day 10 Asheville
Enjoy a full day to discover the magnificent scenery of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here you will find beautiful tree-clad mountain slopes and a plethora of wildlife. There are also some superb walking trails for you to explore.
Day 11 Blue Ridge
Day 12 Blue Ridge
Enjoy a final day exploring walking trails and some of the magnificent views in the area. Alternatively just relax and enjoy some Georgia hospitality at your accommodation here.
Day 13 International return flight
Blue Ridge , International return flight
Make your way to Atlanta Airport today and return your car before boarding your onward flight.
Day 14 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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