4 days in Nashville & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

4 days in Nashville & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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4 days in Nashville & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Cherokee
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + bus + train:  5​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Radnor Lake State Park and then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville day trip planning tool .

Washington DC to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum

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night
Cherokee

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village, then take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, and finally view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cherokee road trip planning site .

Getting from Nashville to Cherokee by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Cherokee. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nashville in September; daily highs in Cherokee reach 79°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
River Rafting & Tubing

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