Probably in August I'll spent one week in Florida, and I have one week more to go somewhere else.
I'd like to visit some mountain,national park, with beautiful nature (forests..), not overcrowded, to relax, do some light hiking, breath fresh air..
Can you give me some suggestions?
I'd recommend Asheville, North Carolina.
Very beautiful area, not overcrowded, good food, nice people.
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I also recommend the northwest North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Be sure to drive through (and hike around in) the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you like touristy areas, you can visit Gatlinburg, TN on the west side of the park. You also might find interesting a visit to Biltmore Estate (near Asheville) to see how the wealthiest of the wealthy lived 100 years ago.
If you have time either on your way to or from Asheville, a visit to Charleston, SC or Savannah, GA might be worthwhile.
Have a great trip.
I second Mjsneddon... Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a jewel... Charleston, South Carolina is an amazing city and it truly worth the time... Savannah, Georgia is another one of my favorite cities.... If you go, you must take a walk along the river... There are some great candy shops and interesting little shops... August in the south is hot hot hot... It is usually hotter in the city... So be prepared... Lots of water, sunscreen and light color cloths... Enjoy!
Well, normally I'd agree with the others--but you said you'd be visiting this area in August--and to me it seems quite hot in the Southeast in August (and very humid). Even the Great Smoky Moutains (which are beautiful) get quite hot this time of year.
If you want to stay on the east coast, try the Shenandoah National Park area just a short ways north or Vermont farther north.
If money is not an issue, then I'd suggest traveling to the Pacific Northwest. Either Glacier National Park, or anywhere in the Seattle area would be fantastic--and the weather would be much cooler than in the southwest.
Dear Travellers, thank you for your time and sugesstions! I'll look through them, although it seems that that the trip won't happen this summer.
Are you guys kidding me?
I love Smoky Mountain National Park, and visit that beautiful area every single year. I love Asheville, it's a great city. But I visit that area yearly because it is within a days drive of where I live and is convenient for that reason. If I was within driving distance of some of the other parks in this country, I certainly wouldn't be going to Smoky Mountain National Park. Smoky Mountain National Park is going to be a overcrowded ZOO in August.
If you really want to see what the United States has to offer as far as mountains, beautiful scenery, and wide open spaces you must GO WEST my friend.
I would STRONGLY suggest looking into visiting one of the following:
- Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which puts you in position to also visit Yellowstone National Park to the north. The mountain scenery here is some of the best in the country with jagged peaks rising up into the sky from the prairie landscape. It's breathtaking.
- Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming/Montana, if you visit Grand Teton you are within an easy drive to Yellowstone so you can hit two of the most beautiful parks in the entire country in one trip. Yellowstone will be more crowded than Grand Teton, but the payoff is worth it.
- Glacier National Park in Montana. One of the wildest parks in the National Parks system, and also one of the most remote to get to. The scenery is amazing, and it will be less crowded than Grand Teton or Yellowstone but not as easy to get to.
- Mt. Rainier National Park/Cascades National Park/Olympic National Park outside of Seattle, Washington. Beautiful alpine scenery, snow capped mountains, and lush forests. All 3 are within an easy drive from Seattle, which is also an easy destination to get to considering it has such a large airport. I visited Mt. Rainier last summer and it was beautiful. Only downside is it can get a little wet in these areas as it does rain a lot.
A combination of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park would be my suggestion. If you don't have a problem with it being more remote, Glacier National Park would probably be even better... less crowded. If you are looking for an easier destination to get to then checkout the Seattle area.