5 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

5 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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5 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Dallas


Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. To find maps and more tourist information, read our Murphy trip planner .

Dallas to Murphy is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of tram, flight, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dallas to Murphy, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dallas in February: high temperatures in Murphy hover around 53°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Murphy

Fun & Games Casinos Shopping


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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Cataloochee Ski Area. Explore Cherokee's surroundings by going to Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Elevated Mountain Distilling Co.). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and stop by Unique Gift Outlet.

Before you visit Cherokee, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Murphy to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In February in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Bryson City
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River Rafting & Tubing
Oconaluftee Islands Park ©
Oconaluftee Islands Park
Cataloochee Ski Area ©
Cataloochee Ski Area


Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 26th (Tue), stroll through Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Highlands tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Cherokee to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in February, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center ©
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls