5 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee, Branson & Jacksonville Itinerary

5 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee, Branson & Jacksonville Itinerary

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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.
To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee road trip planning site.

Aurora to Cherokee is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Aurora to Cherokee due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Aurora in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Cherokee, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. You will leave for Branson on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours


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Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Step off the beaten path and head to VIP Tours of Branson and Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Take a break from Branson with a short trip to Sequiota Park in Springfield, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook, look for gifts at Crooked Sky Trading Post, and trek along Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Branson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Branson takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. Traveling from Cherokee to Branson, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cherokee in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Branson, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips


The River City

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jacksonville trip planning site.

You can fly from Branson to Jacksonville in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Branson in November: high temperatures in Jacksonville hover around 74°F and lows are around 52°F. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife