5 days in Franklin, North Carolina Mountains & Washington DC Itinerary

5 days in Franklin, North Carolina Mountains & Washington DC Itinerary

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Franklin
— 1 day
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Robbinsville
— 1 night
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Franklin

— 1 day
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for gifts at Landmark Booksellers, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House, and finally stroll the grounds of McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Franklin trip itinerary builder website.

Phoenix to Franklin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Franklin. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in June; daily highs in Franklin reach 88°F and lows reach 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Robbinsville.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Robbinsville

— 1 night
Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. Cherohala Skyway has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, then take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, then relax in the rural setting at Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, and finally admire the sheer force of Yellow Creek Falls.

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Getting from Franklin to Robbinsville by car takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Franklin in June; daily highs in Robbinsville reach 83°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Robbinsville

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 23rd (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Highlands trip maker website.

You can drive from Robbinsville to Highlands in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 2 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC tour planner.

You can fly from Highlands to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Highlands in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Washington DC. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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History Museums · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.