16 days in North Carolina, Tennessee & Georgia Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina, Tennessee & Georgia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 1 night
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Savannah
— 4 nights
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Jekyll Island
— 4 nights
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Tybee Island
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 1 night

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.
The Wildland Trekking has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): trek along Tom Branch Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Wildland Trekking. On your second day here, stroll through Collins Creek Picnic Area and then hike along Deep Creek.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip website.

Atlanta to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails · Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

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 Chimney Tops Trail. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, then hike along Porters Creek Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sterling. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Quiet Walkways and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kephart Prong Trail.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip builder website.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a stone's throw from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 23rd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens at Asheville, then get a taste of the local shopping with Jonas Gerard Fine Art, and then stop by Asheville Emporium.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Asheville day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Parks

Savannah

— 4 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Inc. and Andrew Low House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Pin Point Heritage Museum and SCAD Museum of Art. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Massie Heritage Center, stop by Nourish, make a trip to Johnson Square, and contemplate the long history of Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home.

Before you visit Savannah, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Asheville to Savannah in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in July, expect Savannah to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jekyll Island.

Things to do in Savannah

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Jekyll Island

— 4 nights
A vacation on Jekyll Island allows visitors to discover the lifestyle of American aristocrats from the 19th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Jekyll Island Trail System. Do some cultural sightseeing at Faith Chapel and Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame. When in Jekyll Island, make a side trip to see St. Marys Howard Gilman Memorial Waterfront Park in St. Marys, approximately St. Marys away. And it doesn't end there: cool off at Summer Waves Water Park, get outside with Georgia Adventure Sports, play a few rounds at Jekyll Island Golf Club, and take a leisurely stroll along Historic Jekyll Wharf.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jekyll Island trip tool.

Drive from Savannah to Jekyll Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tybee Island.

Things to do in Jekyll Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Tybee Island

— 3 nights
Tybee Island is a city and barrier island located in Chatham County, Georgia, 18 miles (29 km) east of Savannah, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Tybee Beach Ecology Trips. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tybee Island Museum - Battery Garland and then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Tybee Beach Ecology Trips. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Cockspur lighthouse and then take a leisurely stroll along Tybee Pier.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tybee Island driving holiday planner.

Drive from Jekyll Island to Tybee Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tybee Island

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

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.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.