14 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee & Winter Haven Itinerary

14 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee & Winter Haven Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Murphy
— 2 nights
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Highlands
— 3 nights
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Winter Haven
— 5 nights
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Cherokee

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum) and Barber Orchard Fruitstand (in Waynesville). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and admire the masterpieces at Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cherokee itinerary tool.

Orlando to Cherokee is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Orlando in November, expect nights in Cherokee to be much colder, around 32°F, while days are little chillier, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Murphy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Murphy

— 2 nights
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. On the 12th (Thu), hike along Murphy River Walk, get a taste of life in the country at Walnut Hollow Ranch, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fields of the Wood. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse for treasures at Black & White Market, then try your luck at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino, then get outside with RidgeRunner Ziplines, and finally don't miss a visit to River's Rim Studio and Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Cherokee to Murphy takes 1.5 hours. In November in Murphy, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Highlands

— 3 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Highlands: Franklin (Fishing Charters & Tours & Bartram Trail). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, kick your exploration up a notch at Highlands Aerial Park, take in the awesome beauty at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and hit the slopes at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Highlands trip planner.

Drive from Murphy to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly to Winter Haven.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Winter Haven

— 5 nights

Chain of Lakes City

Winter Haven boasts over 50 lakes within its borders, most notably Florida's famed Chain of Lakes.
Explore Winter Haven's surroundings by going to Lakeland (Safari Wilderness & Munn Park), Punta Gorda (Peace River Wildlife Center, Fishing Charters & Tours, &more) and Lake Wales (Bok Tower Gardens & Struthers' Honey). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Legoland Florida Resort, push the limits with Skydive City, stroll through Circle B Bar Reserve, and see the interesting displays at Pinewood Estate.

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Getting from Highlands to Winter Haven by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Highlands in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Winter Haven, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Winter Haven

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips