North Carolina
Making Memories: A Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountain Expedition With Your Grandchild
Share your passion for the great outdoors with your grandchild as you hike, raft, ride a historic railroad and learn the story of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21361RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 5L 4D
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At a Glance

Explore the rugged, western North Carolina mountains with your grandchild as you hike and splash your way into a lifetime of memories. Together, learn about the history, science and culture of the stunningly beautiful landscapes that surround the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokies from expert naturalists and top-notch geologists. Experience exhilarating excursions that will take you up the mountains, down the river, through the forest and back in time as you learn about geology, railroad history, forest wildlife and the Cherokee Nation that claimed this land as its home centuries ago.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture into Great Smokey Mountains National Park for a hike and learn about the region’s wildlife at the Asheville Museum of Science.
  • Dive deep into Cherokee history and culture as you explore the Oconaluftee Indian Village, complete with 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 to go river rafting on the Nantahala River.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-13.
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