36 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

36 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Maggie Valley
— 10 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 7 nights
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Murphy
— 9 nights
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Highlands
— 9 nights

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Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley ©
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Oconaluftee Indian Village and The Tunnel To Nowhere will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Waterrock Knob will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Maggie Valley side-trips: Sequoyah National Golf Club (in Whittier), Bryson City (Cooper Creek Trout Farm & Pond, The Charles Heath Gallery, &more) and Cherokee (Mountain Farm Museum & Mingo Falls). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, take in the exciting artwork at It's By Nature, and find something for the whole family at Santa's Land Family Theme Park & Zoo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Maggie Valley trip planning website.

New York City to Maggie Valley is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New York City in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Maggie Valley, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Indian Creek Falls and Juney Whank Falls. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataloochee Valley, trek along Tom Branch Falls, steep yourself in history at Mingus Mill, and admire the sheer force of Midnight Hole Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Maggie Valley to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Maggie Valley in July since evenings lows in Great Smoky Mountains National Park dip to 69°F. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Murphy.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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Hiking Trail
Deep Creek
4.9
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Historic Site
Mingus Mill
4.7

9
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Murphy

Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Get outdoors at Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining and Murphy River Walk. Kids will enjoy Fields of the Wood and WagonMaster Adventure Ranch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Murphy: Hayesville (Old Jail Museum, Jackrabbit Mountain Bike & Hiking Trails, &more), Andrews (Calaboose Cellars & Andrews Brewing Company) and Topton (Otter Creek Trout Farm & Carolina Outfitters). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Salty Dog Gem Mine, get a taste of life in the country at Two Crows Farm, stroll through Hiwassee Dam, and experience rural life at Walnut Hollow Ranch.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Murphy trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Murphy. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in July since evenings lows in Murphy dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Trails

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9
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Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum and Macon County Historical Society and Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Highlands side-trips: Sapphire (Horsepasture River and Nature Trails, Gorges State Park, &more), Nantahala on the Fly (in Bryson City) and Franklin (Fishing Charters & Tours, Outdoor 76, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthertown Valley, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and go deep underground at Jackson Hole Trading Post & Gem Mine.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Highlands travel route planning website.

You can drive from Murphy to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In July in Highlands, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Must see
Dry Falls
4.9
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Waterfall
Bridal Veil Falls
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Waterfall
Whitewater Falls
4.8