11 days in Nashville & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

11 days in Nashville & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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11 days in Nashville & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Brevard
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cherokee
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

4
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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nashville travel route planning app .

Minneapolis to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in June, with highs in Nashville at 88°F and lows at 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Brevard.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bowen Plantation House, Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

1
day
Brevard

Brevard ©
Brevard is a city in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States, with a population of 7,609 as of the 2010 Census. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Local Color, stop by O.P. Taylor's, admire all the interesting features of Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, then brush up on your military savvy at WNC Military History Museum, then contemplate the long history of Transylvania County Courthouse, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Silvermont Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brevard online travel route planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Brevard in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Brevard due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nashville in June; daily highs in Brevard reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Brevard

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Local Color ©
Local Color
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine ©
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
O.P. Taylor's ©
O.P. Taylor's

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 14th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Highlands online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Brevard to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. June in Highlands sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

4
nights
Cherokee

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore Cherokee's surroundings by going to Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park, and browse the exhibits of Oconaluftee Indian Village.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Highlands to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Cherokee sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, River Rafting & Tubing, Indian Creek Falls, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls

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