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 Natural Sciences and Duke University Chapel. Discover out-of-the-way places like North Carolina Museum of Art and Marbles Kids Museum. Change things up with a short trip to International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro (about 1h 25 min away). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History and steep yourself in history at Historic Yates Mill County Park.

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Sacramento to Raleigh is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier 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) to allow enough time to drive 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 drive. 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 drive 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 Fowler's Clay Works will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tennessee Cider Company and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Little Bear Winery, get a taste of the local shopping with Alewine Pottery, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village Shops, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Shine Company - Gatlinburg.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg day trip planning website.

You can drive from Big Stone Gap to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Big Stone Gap in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gatlinburg, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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