5 days in Durham & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

5 days in Durham & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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Start: Durham
1
Durham
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 45 min
End: Durham

1
night
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll around Pullen Park, then engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, get engrossed in the history at Marbles Kids Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Durham. In October in Durham, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ©
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, and explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park driving holiday tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Durham to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

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