14 days in Tennessee & South Carolina Itinerary

14 days in Tennessee & South Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Charleston
— 4 nights
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Hilton Head
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Clingmans Dome and Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook. Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Newfound Gap Road will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Townsend (Tuckaleechee Caverns & Horseback Riding Tours). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Gatlinburg Trail, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, trek along Rainbow Falls Trail, and look for gifts at Gatlinburlier Tobacconists.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Chicago to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gatlinburg, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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 20th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Myrtle Beach State Park, admire the majestic nature at Huntington Beach State Park, and then get interesting insight from East Coast BrewBoat. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator Adventure, and then learn about winemaking at Duplin Winery.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Myrtle Beach tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Gatlinburg to Myrtle Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in November, things will get a bit warmer in Myrtle Beach: highs are around 66°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Charleston

— 4 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Edisto Beach State Park. Get outdoors at Angel Oak Tree and Kiawah Island. Get out of town with these interesting Charleston side-trips: Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area (in Edisto Island) and Charleston Tea Garden (in Wadmalaw Island). And it doesn't end there: go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, browse the exhibits of Nathaniel Russell House, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Charleston online visit planner.

Drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 3 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sea Pines Forest Preserve and Hunting Island State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and May River Excursions. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilton Head: Fripp Island Actvity Center (in Fripp Island) and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours (in Beaufort). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at Carolina Tasting Room and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hilton Head trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Hilton Head takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in November, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

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.