3 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

3 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Cherokee

— 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Fri), walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then admire the masterpieces at Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and finally stop by Maggie Valley Rock Shop.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee trip app.

Chicago to Cherokee is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chicago to Cherokee, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cherokee, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 29th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Highlands journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks

Side Trip