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

12 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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Shenandoah National Park
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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Muskegon to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Muskegon in August: highs in Mammoth Cave National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at The Sinks and Meigs Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spruce Flats Falls and Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Baskins Creek Falls, cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, identify plant and animal life at Deep Creek, and trek along Andrews Bald Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park

— 4 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Limberlost Trail and Big Schloss. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Overall Run Falls. Go for a jaunt from Shenandoah National Park to Elkton to see SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Shenandoah River Adventures, take in the awesome beauty at Pinnacles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elkwallow Picnic Area, and hike along Jones Run Falls Trailhead.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shenandoah National Park day trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips