12 days in Shenandoah Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gettysburg Itinerary

12 days in Shenandoah Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gettysburg Itinerary

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12 days in Shenandoah Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gettysburg Itinerary

Start: Staatsburg
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Train + Bus:  11​h 30​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
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Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  8​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: Staatsburg

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nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Rag Mountain Hike, Rose River Falls and Skyline Drive. On the 12th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Ellwood Manor. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Drive, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rose River Falls, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally steep yourself in history at Belle Boyd Cottage.

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Staatsburg to Shenandoah National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Staatsburg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Shenandoah National Park, with lows of 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Brandy Station Foundation, Zipline, Belle Boyd Cottage, Ellwood Manor
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Hawksbill Mountain ©
Hawksbill Mountain
Bearfence Mountain ©
Bearfence Mountain

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking and The Sinks. Get in touch with nature at Cades Cove and Ramsey Cascades. There's much more to do: trek along Charlies Bunion, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town, and admire all the interesting features of Little River Road.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip tool .

Fly from Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©
Charlies Bunion ©
Charlies Bunion
Spruce Flats Falls ©
Spruce Flats Falls

1
night
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Eternal Light Peace Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, stroll through Gettysburg National Military Park, then admire the majestic nature at Catoctin Mountain Park, then stroll the grounds of Evergreen Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Abraham Lincoln Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at 12th & 44th New York Infantry Monument, stroll the grounds of Mount Olivet Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Monocacy National Battlefield, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then contemplate the long history of High Water Mark of the Rebellion Monument, and finally take in the history at East Cavalry Battlefield.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg trip website .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Gettysburg in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in September, expect Gettysburg to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Frederick, Catoctin Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Catoctin Mountain Park ©
Catoctin Mountain Park
Evergreen Cemetery ©
Evergreen Cemetery

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