We are Australians about to visit your part of the US for the first time. We have booked a flight from NYC to Charlotte and plan to hire a car and take our time travelling to Nashville via the Smokies. Your forum makes for very interesting reading and I thank you in advance for your assistance. Can you provide please advice on the following?
A neighbourhood in Charlotte to spend the first night. We intend to book Airbnb and then head out the following morning. Where might we stay that allows us to hit the road in the right direction the following morning?
Are there any hot springs on our way to Nashville that we may visit?
Do you recommend any towns along the way to stay the night?
Do you have any other general advice for us?