26 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

26 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 8 nights
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Murphy
— 7 nights
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Highlands
— 10 nights
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Cherokee

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Franklin (Old Cardinal Gem Mine, Rose Creek Mine, &more), Maggie Valley (Maggie Valley Wellness Center, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, &more) and Bryson City (Nantahala on the Fly, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's lots more to do: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, stop by Unique Gift Outlet, and admire the sheer force of Soco Falls.

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Durham to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Cherokee when traveling from Durham in April, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Murphy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Murphy

— 7 nights
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Murphy side-trips: Hayesville (Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, Old Jail Museum, &more), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Andrews (Calaboose Cellars & Andrews Brewing Company). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with Big Ol' Fish Guiding Service, learn about winemaking at Nottely River Valley Vineyards, try to win big at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino, and get a taste of life in the country at Two Crows Farm.

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Traveling by car from Cherokee to Murphy takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Murphy are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlands

— 10 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Fishing Charters & Tours, Lazy Hiker Brewing Company, &more) and Sapphire (Sapphire Sweet Shop & Gem Mine Village, Gorges State Park, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, identify plant and animal life at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cullasaja River Gorge.

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Getting from Murphy to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips