^RE Jersey shore - Wildwood is fun and exciting at the boardwalk for kids, and Cape May is wonderful! LOL (That's where my house is) But, I loved our trip to the Smokies. My sister and I took our families together and the kids ranged from 5-13 at the time. They all loved it and still talk about it. We stayed in a large cabin in the Smokies close to Pigeon Forge. Dollywood was fun. The Dixie Stampede was well done and the food was much better than we had expected. We drove to Ashville one day (about 2 hour drive) and did the Biltmore Estate tour. I wished we had booked a room in Ashville and stayed for a night so we could have seen more of the town. I'm a big fan of sneaking in a history lesson on vacation, and visiting the National Park helped. The kids loved the Junior Ranger Programs. August is the Centennial for the National Park Service and I have been getting notices of special events planned nationwide.
Smoky Mountain Vacation Planning for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
Smoky Mountain Timeline - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service)