18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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1
Cherokee
— 2 nights
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
3
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
4
Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights

2
nights
Cherokee

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherokee: Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, &more) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cherokee driving holiday planner.

Jackson to Cherokee is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jackson to Cherokee. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jackson in August: high temperatures in Cherokee hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Highlands, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum

5
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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cherokee to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Traveling from Cherokee in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Hartford to see River Rafting & Tubing about 42 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get in on the family fun at Rowdy Bear Mountain, enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fowler's Clay Works.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip itinerary maker app.

Gatlinburg is just a short distance from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Zipline

5
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Thu) at Dollywood. There's lots more to do: see Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park, make a splash at Outdoor Gravity Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Pigeon Forge is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In August, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sevierville
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Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park ©
Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
The Island in Pigeon Forge ©
The Island in Pigeon Forge

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