11 days in Mammoth Cave National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

11 days in Mammoth Cave National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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Mammoth Cave National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 21st (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Nolin Lake State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then hike along Cedar Sink Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Palm Springs to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Palm Springs to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Mammoth Cave National Park is slightly colder than Palm Springs - with highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 4 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mingus Mill, Laurel Falls, Clingmans Dome, and other attractions. Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and The Sinks. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Little River Road and Baskins Creek Falls. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, take in the dramatic scenery at Meigs Falls, hike along Charlies Bunion, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Porters Creek Trail.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online route maker.

Explore your travel options from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In May in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Shenandoah National Park

— 5 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Get outdoors at Bearfence Mountain and Rose River Falls. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Exchange Hotel Civil War medical Museum and James Madison Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to DuCard Vineyards (in Etlan), James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station) and Brandy Station Foundation (in Brandy Station). There's much more to do: get some jogging in at Limberlost Trail, trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Culpeper History, and head outdoors with Shenandoah River Adventures.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shenandoah National Park day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park. In May, daytime highs in Shenandoah National Park are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips