10 days in Raleigh & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

10 days in Raleigh & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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Raleigh
— 3 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 6 nights
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Raleigh

— 3 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kids will enjoy Marbles Kids Museum and Pullen Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Sarah P. Duke Gardens (in Durham). There's lots more to do: get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, get outside with Capital Area Greenway, admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh tour itinerary builder app.

Phoenix to Raleigh is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Raleigh is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Raleigh hover around 82°F and lows are around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 6 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Attractions like Dollywood and The Island in Pigeon Forge make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pigeon Forge: Ramsey Cascades (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Pigeon Forge takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips