15 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Outer Banks Itinerary

15 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Outer Banks Itinerary

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
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Corolla
— 3 nights

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting as well as Dollywood. Step out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Cades Cove, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, and stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Newark to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In August in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature

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Must see
Cades Cove
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River Rafting / Tubing
Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting
4.9
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Must see
Dollywood
4.2

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Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, kick back and relax at Ocracoke Beach Fires, then look for gifts at Books to Be Red, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke travel route builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Ocracoke. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in August, Ocracoke is a bit warmer at night with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip
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Wildlife Area
Springers Point
4.6
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Books to Be Red
4.6

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Hatteras Island

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hatteras Island: Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills), Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Nags Head (Dowdy Park & Waterskiing & Jetskiing).

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hatteras Island online trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Waterskiing / Jetskiiing
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Specialty Museum
Hatteras Island Ocean Center
4.7

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Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 12th (Wed), meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manteo online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. August in Manteo sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Step out of Corolla with an excursion to Carova Beach in Carova--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Corolla online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Corolla takes 1.5 hours. August in Corolla sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Off-Road Tours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.9

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