13 days in Tennessee, Charlotte & South Carolina Itinerary

13 days in Tennessee, Charlotte & South Carolina Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Charleston
— 3 nights
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Columbia
— 2 nights
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Sweetwater
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Gatlinburg

— 1 day

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Newfound Gap Road, hike along Gatlinburg Trail, then cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and finally sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online trip itinerary planner.

Saint Louis to Gatlinburg is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Gatlinburg due to the time zone difference. In November in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

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Charlotte

— 2 nights

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll through Buzzard Rock Trail, identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, and finally stroll the grounds of Old Settlers Cemetery. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Kings Mountain State Park, and then appreciate the history behind Reclining Bulls Statue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Charlotte takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In November in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Myrtle Beach

— 2 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. On the 19th (Thu), see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then tee off at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): tee off at King's North At Myrtle Beach National, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then examine the collection at Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Myrtle Beach day trip planning site.

Getting from Charlotte to Myrtle Beach by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Charlotte in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Myrtle Beach, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trip

Charleston

— 3 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Audubon Swamp Garden. Get in touch with nature at Charleston Fossil Adventures and Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area. When in Charleston, make a side trip to see Edisto Beach State Park in Edisto Island, approximately Edisto Island away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Michael's Church, admire the local landmark of Pineapple Fountain, and don't miss a visit to Philadelphia Alley.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Charleston online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Charleston sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Columbia.

Things to do in Charleston

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Columbia

— 2 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congaree National Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Harbison Neighborhood Trails, then delve into the lush surroundings at Harbison State Forest, then relax in the rural setting at City Roots, and finally make a trip to Fort Jackson.

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Traveling by car from Charleston to Columbia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Columbia when traveling from Charleston in November, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sweetwater.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sweetwater

— 2 nights
Sweetwater is a city in Monroe and McMinn counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls, and then surround yourself with nature on The Lost Sea Adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge and then stroll through Pocket Wilderness.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sweetwater visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Columbia to Sweetwater takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Columbia in November, with highs in Sweetwater at 59°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sweetwater

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.