15 days in Coastal South Carolina, North Carolina & Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Coastal South Carolina, North Carolina & Tennessee Itinerary

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15 days in Coastal South Carolina, North Carolina & Tennessee Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Charleston
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

5
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Aiken-Rhett House and Fort Moultrie. Take a break from the city and head to Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area and Charleston Tea Plantation. The adventure continues: stroll through Folly Beach Public Beach, contemplate the long history of Nathaniel Russell House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Michael's Church, and explore the striking landscape at Angel Oak Tree.

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London, UK to Charleston is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from London in May, expect Charleston to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area, Charleston Tea Plantation, Angel Oak Tree, Folly Beach Public Beach, Fort Moultrie
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Angel Oak Tree ©
Angel Oak Tree
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

3
nights
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Visiting Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and Hunting Island State Park will get you outdoors.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hilton Head visit planner .

Getting from Charleston to Hilton Head by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Hunting Island State Park
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Sea Pines Forest Preserve ©
Sea Pines Forest Preserve
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 24th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks and then view the masterpieces at River Arts District. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then cruise along Blueridge Parkway.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hilton Head to Asheville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Asheville is slightly colder than Hilton Head - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence
Biltmore Gardens ©
Biltmore Gardens

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Tuckaleechee Caverns. Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork and Laurel Falls. Take a break from Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a short trip to Ole Smoky Distillery in Pigeon Forge, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and learn about winemaking at Sugarland Cellars.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, River Rafting & Tubing, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
River Rafting & Tubing

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