12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
New York City

2
days
Chattanooga

Chattanooga
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 6th (Fri), stop by Warehouse Row and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, get great views at Rock City, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and then admire the sheer force of Ruby Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga itinerary planner.

New York City to Chattanooga is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Chattanooga, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Rock City
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Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee Aquarium
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge

5
days
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome & Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum, contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, and sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gatlinburg itinerary maker.

Drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge
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Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

3
days
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Wheels Through Time Transportation (in Maggie Valley) and Falls Park on the Reedy (in Greenville). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Blueridge Parkway, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and contemplate the long history of Biltmore Estate.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Asheville sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Asheville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blueridge Parkway, Falls Park on the Reedy, Wheels Through Time Transportation
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Falls Park on the Reedy ©
Falls Park on the Reedy
Blueridge Parkway
Blueridge Parkway
Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate

1
day
Franklin

Franklin ©
Franklin is a town in Franklin Township, Macon County, North Carolina, United States, within the Nantahala National Forest. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then look for gifts at Ruby City Gems & Minerals.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Franklin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Franklin takes 1.5 hours. In October in Franklin, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Franklin

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Highlands
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Ruby City Gems & Minerals ©
Ruby City Gems & Minerals

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