6 days in North Carolina & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
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Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 5th (Sun), sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings. On your second day here, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Asheville online trip maker.

Chicago to Asheville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Asheville. While traveling from Chicago, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 3 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and cruise along Newfound Gap Road.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

North Carolina travel guide

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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.