4 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

4 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Highlands
— 1 night
Drive to Greenville/Spartanburg, Fly to Houston

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Cherokee

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village, then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co.. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get outside with Nantahala on the Fly.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee online tour builder.

Houston to Cherokee is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in August: high temperatures in Cherokee hover around 82°F and lows are around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Highlands trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks

Side Trip