Subject: Four days in July: Charleston, SC or The Smokies
Hi Ziners:

We're hoping to get away for a four-day weekend next month and are wondering whether to spend it seeing Charleston or The Smokies. If the former, the question is where to stay: downtown, Ashley River or Isle of Palms. If the latter, we'd spend a couple of days based in Asheville and a couple of days based in Tennessee, at either Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. Charleston probably would be less hectic since we'd be based in one place and the NC/TN alternative would mean there'd be significant driving involved. Overall, two distinctly different possibilities and I'm looking for the pros and cons of each. (If NC/TN, we might want to add a day in view of the distance to be driven.) Suggestions greatly appreciated.

Regards, Russell from Connecticut