6 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

6 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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6 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Murphy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tampa

3
nights
Cherokee

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., & more). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cherokee trip itinerary planner .

Tampa to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. Traveling from Tampa in November, expect Cherokee to be colder, temps between 60°F and 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Murphy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bryson City, Maggie Valley
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waterrock Knob ©
Waterrock Knob

1
night
Murphy

Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fields of the Wood, then tour the water at your own pace with Mountain View Marina, then try for a hole-in-one at Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining, and finally try to win big at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino.

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Getting from Cherokee to Murphy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Mountain View Marina ©
Mountain View Marina
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 24th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Highlands trip planner .

Traveling by car from Murphy to Highlands takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Bust Your Butt Falls ©
Bust Your Butt Falls

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