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Making Memories: A Blue Ridge — Smoky Mountain Expedition With Your Grandchild

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 13 years of age.

Experience western North Carolina with your grandchild and make memories to last a lifetime! Together, learn about the history, science and culture of the rugged and beautiful region that surrounds the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokies. Field trips all week long will take you inside the earth, down the river, through the forest and back in time as you learn about geology, railroad history, the plants and animals of the forest, Cherokee Nation heritage and much more.


• Adventures in the outdoors include trekking inside the earth at Linville Caverns, mining for rubies and other gems at the Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine in Cherokee, crossing America's highest suspension footbridge and hiking the Appalachian Trail.
• Experience the history and culture of the Cherokee on a visit to the Oconaluftee Indian Village, complete with a performance of “Unto These Hills,” an outdoor play portraying the unique story of the Cherokee.
• Journey to Bryson City to explore the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, then ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad across fertile valleys and river gorges to the Nantahala River to go river rafting.

Program Notes

Ratio of no more than one child per adult.

Activity Notes

Hike up to two miles on moderate inclines. Walking and standing up to 90 minutes on field trips. Get in and out of raft, use paddles to help steer.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Mars Hill, 3 nights; coach to Cherokee, 1 night; coach to Mars Hill, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by Mars Hill University.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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