4 days in Heart of Appalachia Itinerary

4 days in Heart of Appalachia Itinerary

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4 days in Heart of Appalachia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  8​h 15​min
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Norton
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Norton

Norton ©
Norton is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Explore Norton's surroundings by going to Ralph Stanley Museum (in Clintwood) and Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail (in Big Stone Gap). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Flag Rock Recreational Area, examine the collection at Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Southwest Virginia Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Norton travel itinerary planner .

Chicago to Norton is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Norton. In August in Norton, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 63°F at night. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Norton

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Stone Gap, Ralph Stanley Museum
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Southwest Virginia Museum ©
Southwest Virginia Museum
Ralph Stanley Museum ©
Ralph Stanley Museum
Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum ©
Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum