15 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

15 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Smoky Mountains & Cherokee trip planner

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Cherokee
— 5 nights
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Murphy
— 4 nights
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Highlands
— 5 nights
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Cherokee

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum), Waynesville (Sutton and Son's Antiques & Mast General Store) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cherokee trip site.

Jackson to Cherokee is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jackson to Cherokee due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jackson in September, things will get a bit cooler in Cherokee: highs are around 79°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Murphy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Murphy

— 4 nights
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Murphy: Hayesville (Old Jail Museum & Chatuge Dam Trail), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and RidgeRunner Ziplines (in Andrews). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino, see the interesting displays at Cherokee County Museum, relax in the rural setting at Ye Olde Goat Farm, and wander the wide-open spaces of Walnut Hollow Ranch.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Murphy trip site.

Getting from Cherokee to Murphy by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Murphy, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlands

— 5 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore Highlands' surroundings by going to Sapphire (Whitewater Falls & Gorges State Park) and Franklin (Pickens Nose, Bartram Trail, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, head outdoors with Highlands Aerial Park, stroll through Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, and look for gifts at A Jones Company.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Highlands trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Murphy to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips