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Old 12-05-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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We live in Arlington VA. What are the best places to visit during dec 22 to 30th.
We are interested in driving rather than taking expensive flights.
I am looking to drive around 500 miles radius.
Can you suggest any good places to spend 5 to 6 days with family and kids.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC (formerly Vienna, VA)
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Depending on what you want to do you can go south:

Williamsburg

Charleston, SC

Savannah, GA

Myrtle Beach, SC

Hilton Head, NC

Nashville, TN

Gatlinburg, TN

Asheville, NC

Or if you want to head north, you can go to:

Boston

NY

Philly/Lancaster/Poconos
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Williamsburg has the Christmas Town event in Busch Gardens. Also you can visit Colonial Williamsburg. Nonetheless I think it is a three day trip only. Maybe you can combine the visit of Williamsburg with a visit to another city.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I would head to Hershey, plus hit some of the other Pennsylvania attractions.

Christmas in Hershey
Lancaster County Christmas
Dutch Wonderland - Dutch Winter Wonderland
Strasburg Rail Road
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:16 AM
 
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You're kind of late to the game. I imagine most of the good spots have already booked up well in advance.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Depending on what you want to do you can go south:

Williamsburg

Charleston, SC

Savannah, GA

Myrtle Beach, SC

Hilton Head, NC

Nashville, TN

Gatlinburg, TN

Asheville, NC

Or if you want to head north, you can go to:

Boston

NY

Philly/Lancaster/Poconos
These are great suggestions but I just don't think there's enough going on this time of year to keep everyone (including two little ones) entertained for a week. Maybe 3 nights or so. Especially the beach towns - they are deserted this time of year.

I would take three days and go to Williamsburg. Less travel time and probably less expensive than Disney.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, tour Colonial Williamsburg and (as ChristineVA suggested in the other thread) Great Wolf Lodge.

http://seaworldparks.com/christmastownbgw

http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/

http://www.greatwolf.com/
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:54 AM
 
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Thank you all for the info.
I have been to Williamsburg during summer and Been lived in NY for 10 years.
So I will remove these options out of my list.
How about Poconos, PA. Is it good to visit Poconos during winter time?
Is it a place to stay there for 4 or 5 days?
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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How about Poconos, PA. Is it good to visit Poconos during winter time?
Is it a place to stay there for 4 or 5 days?
If you ski, definitely! Problem is there are a lot of other people who do too so places get expensive or booked up.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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It better get colder soon or there's not going to be much snow to ski on, natural or man-made.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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It isn't too late to visit any of those places. Sure, you may have issues getting hotel rooms in the exact area, but there are outlying areas that aren't too far away. Gatlinburg, TN is very nice during the holidays, and there is a lot to do. If you are lucky, the Smoky Mountains may just have snow. Otherwise, I am sure Dollywood manufactures some. If Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge is booked up, you can always stay in Knoxville. Very close and I found it to be a nice place as well. If you do go for the Gatlinburg option, I hope you like pancakes!

Asheville is great, and Biltmore Estate is absolutely amazing all dressed up for the holidays. The city is great and if you are into the outdoors, there are a lot of wonderful areas to explore. I find that it has a small town feel and the people are really friendly. Plus, the McDonalds is super fancy!

Charleston is nice, but I don't know if a week there during the holidays would be fun. I think you would have many hotel options though because I can't think of one holiday thing that attracts a lot of visitors over the holiday.

Out of those, I would go with Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge personally. You can stop at the Biltmore if you so choose on the way.
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