13 days in West Virginia & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

13 days in West Virginia & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Harpers Ferry
— 2 nights
Drive
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Weston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fayetteville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive
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Highlands
— 2 nights
Fly

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Harpers Ferry

With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, then take some stellar pictures from The Point, and then make a trip to Restoration Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Harpers Ferry road trip planning tool.

Boston to Harpers Ferry is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Weston.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

2
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Weston

Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. On the 7th (Mon), deepen your understanding at Augusta Heritage Center and then tour in style with Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Iron Horse Statue, then explore the galleries of Elkins Depot Welcome Center CVB, Inc., then view the masterpieces at Appalachian Glass, and finally steep yourself in history at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Before you visit Weston, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Harpers Ferry to Weston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Weston

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

3
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Fayetteville

Fayetteville is a town in and the county seat of Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fayetteville: Beckley (Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum & Grandview State Park) and Thurmond (in Thurmond). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at New River Gorge Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Summersville Lake Lighthouse, get the lay of the land with Bridge Walk- New River Gorge Bridge, and take in the dramatic natural features at New River Gorge National River.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fayetteville travel route planner.

You can drive from Weston to Fayetteville in 2 hours. September in Fayetteville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

3
nights
Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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 Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum), Murphy (Cherokee Cellars Winery & Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). There's much more to do: try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cherokee online day trip planner.

You can drive from Fayetteville to Cherokee in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
nights
Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at Highlands Aerial Park, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Run Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Highlands online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cherokee to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Highlands are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

West Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.