12 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lake Lure & Asheville Itinerary

12 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lake Lure & Asheville Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  8 h
1
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Lake Lure
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, head outdoors with The Sinks, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Meigs Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Little River Road, then identify plant and animal life at Quiet Walkways, then identify plant and animal life at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, and finally appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park sightseeing planning app.

Philadelphia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In July, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area ©
Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
Quiet Walkways ©
Quiet Walkways
Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail ©
Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

6
nights
Lake Lure

Lake Lure ©
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park as well as Catawba Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Lake Lure. Family-friendly places like Sliding Rock and Emerald Village will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard (in Lawndale), WoodMill Winery (in Vale) and Crowders Mountain State Park (in Kings Mountain). The adventure continues: cool off at Lake Lure Beach and Water Park, hike along Bearwallow Mountain, stroll through Glen Burney Trail, and admire the sheer force of Moore Cove Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lake Lure online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Lake Lure with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Lake Lure are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for Asheville.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Bearwallow Mountain, Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard, T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, Pearson's Falls and Glen
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park ©
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Zipline
Sliding Rock ©
Sliding Rock

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue ridge Parkway Visitor Center as well as Biltmore. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings and Jump Off Rock. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Riverside Cemetery and Cathedral Of All Souls. Take a break from Asheville with a short trip to Pisgah Forest Gem Mine in Pisgah Forest, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Asheville Drum Circle, sample the tasty concoctions at Highland Brewing Company, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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You can drive from Lake Lure to Asheville in an hour. July in Asheville sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, Jump Off Rock
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings ©
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Jump Off Rock ©
Jump Off Rock