Smoky Mountain Christmas
Day 1: We are off on a Christmas adventure to experience the season in a wide variety of ways. A late afternoon check in at our hotel in Columbia, MO, allows for time to eat before heading to Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus-acre breeding farm of the Budweiser Clydesdales near Boonville. The Ranch is very picturesque any time of the year but particularly so when it is dressed in its holiday finest. We have a chance to see the Clydesdales up close while surrounded by holiday decorations and festive music. Night in Columbia.
2: Our drive today takes us through southeastern Illinois, through a corner of Kentucky and into Tennessee. By late afternoon we arrive in Lebanon where a drive through Christmas lights display helps to keep us in the Christmas spirit. Night in Lebanon.
3: We continue east into North Carolina to the city of Asheville. This evening we take the candlelight tour at the Biltmore House with its elaborate Victorian Christmas decorations. Night in Asheville.
4: Today we travel through Smoky Mountain National Park. There is time to browse and eat lunch on our own in Gatlinburg before continuing on to Pigeon Forge, TN. This evening we enjoy Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner and show. Next two nights in Pigeon Forge.
5: This morning is free for shopping or a visit to the Christmas Place store. This afternoon and evening we visit Dollywood. The park is decorated for Christmas and all of the shows in the park have a holiday theme.
6: We travel across Indiana and Illinois on our way to St. Louis, MO. This evening we visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's "Garden Glow" with over one million lights in this walk through Christmas display. Night in St. Louis.
7: Traveling home today we have time to reminisce about all of the wonderful Christmas memories we have experienced on this tour.