5 days in Tennessee, North Carolina & Kansas City Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee, North Carolina & Kansas City Itinerary

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5 days in Tennessee, North Carolina & Kansas City Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
1
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Kansas City
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia


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night
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 30th (Wed), hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge holiday maker .

Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. October in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Biltmore and then explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Asheville trip planner .

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Asheville in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Asheville

Wineries Museums Historic Sites
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): 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 find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Highlands sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Highlands takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. November in Highlands sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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hours
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
On the 3rd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Estate.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kansas City journey tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Highlands to Kansas City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Highlands in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 38°F in Kansas City. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bingham Waggoner Estate
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Bingham Waggoner Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Estate

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