10 days in North Carolina, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
End: New York City

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): browse the exhibits of Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and then stroll through Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville online sightseeing planner .

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Asheville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Parks Wineries

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Clingmans Dome and Newfound Gap Road. Visiting Laurel Falls and Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Rainbow Falls Trail, explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and walk around Chimneys Picnic Area.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planner .

You can drive from Asheville to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
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.
Visiting Radnor Lake State Park and Lost River Cave will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery and Centennial Park. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Arrington Vineyards (in Arrington) and George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to The District and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville. September in Nashville sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lost River Cave, George Dickel Distillery, Arrington Vineyards
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Nelson's Green Brier Distillery ©
Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave
Arrington Vineyards ©
Arrington Vineyards

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