5 days in Tennessee, North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
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Pigeon Forge — 1 night

Center of Fun in the Smokies

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 4th (Sat), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sevier Distilling Company, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

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Boston to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in March; daily highs in Pigeon Forge reach 60°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.
Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Adventure
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Asheville — 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 6th (Mon), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Asheville takes 2 hours. March in Asheville sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Charleston.
Tours · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
Side Trip

Charleston — 2 nights

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nathaniel Russell House, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Sumter National Monument, then contemplate the long history of Aiken-Rhett House, and then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

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You can drive from Asheville to Charleston in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Asheville in March, with highs in Charleston at 66°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Tennessee travel guide

Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

North Carolina travel guide

Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

South Carolina travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Historic Sites · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.