10 days in North Carolina, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

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1
Asheville
— 2 nights
2
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
3
Nashville
— 3 nights

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville sightseeing planning website.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Asheville, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Spas
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park ©
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step out of the city life by going to Grotto Falls Parking and Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse and Alum Cave Trail. When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately Great Smoky Mountains National Park away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Doc Collier Distillery, do a tasting at Sugarland Cellars, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Asheville to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Doc Collier Distillery ©
Doc Collier Distillery
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get in touch with nature at Radnor Lake State Park and Centennial Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The District and Lost River Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Arrington Vineyards (in Arrington) and Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel (in Tullahoma). It doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery and stop by Smith Creek Moonshine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville journey planner.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Nashville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lost River Cave, Arrington Vineyards, Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel
Highlights from your plan
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave

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