Road trip planning guide with day trip ideas by car, motorcycle, bicycle, or RV, highlighting vacation stays at beautiful Bluegreen Resorts.

"A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go." - W. Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways

Nite Flite - Road Trippin'


Backcountry Road Trip- Leave the Pavement Behind

You're the sort of person who hears words like, foothills, National Parks, and backcountry and starts getting what feels like a bad case of restless leg syndrome. 

Your heaviest ankle boots have slowly made their way to the back of the closet.

You haven't seen your backpack in a while because it's fallen behind the shelf in the garage.

Well, if you're vacationing at Bluegreen Resorts  MountainLoft or Laurel Crest  this year, dig those items out and get ready to hit trails in the Smoky Mountains.  This road trip is one meant for two feet, for those who want to leave pavement far behind and get a taste of a natural retreat. 

While the name doesn't appeal, you'll want to take your boots to Charlie's Bunion, an 8 mile (round trip) day hike on the Appalachian Trail, a route featured by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Rising to a height of 5,565 feet above sea level, the mountain is popular for both day hikers and mountain climbers.

Directions from Gatlinburg take you Newfound Gap where a hike east on the Appalachian Trail leads straight to panoramic views of the North Carolina Smokies , Mount LeConte, and Myrtle Point.

A word to the wise... this hike is classified as strenuous.  Before you dust off those boots and backpack, you may want to get in a few practice hikes beforehand.  Stay Safe!

Hiking The Smokys
National Park Service

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Road Trip Tales from the Hammock

When I'm not actually outside enjoying the view of pavement rushing under the body of a Fat Boy or whizzing past my side view mirror, I spend quite a lot of time reading.  I'm not sure which of these things might be considered my first love, but combining the two is one of the best ways I can think of to spend a lazy summer Saturday.  The best way to end that day is stretched between two not-too-tall coconut palms at The Hammocks Resort in Marathon Key.

How many of these road trip tales have you taken in lately?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Ralph Steadman

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson

All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1) by Cormac McCarthy

Road Fever by Tim Cahill

Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Loop Group by Larry McMurtry

What would you add to this list?  Or to the Hammock?

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