10 days in Raleigh, Heart of Appalachia & Gatlinburg Itinerary

10 days in Raleigh, Heart of Appalachia & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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Raleigh
— 3 nights
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Big Stone Gap
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Raleigh — 3 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at North Carolina Museum of Art and International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Duke University Chapel and North Carolina Museum of History. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, walk around Historic Yates Mill County Park, and engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Raleigh journey site.

Sacramento to Raleigh is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sacramento to Raleigh is 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sacramento in February: high temperatures in Raleigh hover around 55°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Big Stone Gap.
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Big Stone Gap — 1 night

Big Stone Gap is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum and then deepen your understanding at Southwest Virginia Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Big Stone Gap trip app.

You can drive from Raleigh to Big Stone Gap in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Raleigh in February, with highs in Big Stone Gap at 46°F and lows at 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 5 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community and Alewine Pottery will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tennessee Cider Company and Mill Bridge Winery. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Hillside Winery, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village Shops, sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Company - Gatlinburg, and examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg visit planner.

Getting from Big Stone Gap to Gatlinburg by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Big Stone Gap, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Gatlinburg, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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