7 days in Asheville & Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Asheville & Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Asheville & Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Nashville
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery, and then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Parkway. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, then see the interesting displays at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Asheville trip site .

Houston to Asheville is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Asheville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Houston in June; daily highs in Asheville reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery
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Blue Ridge Parkway ©
Blue Ridge Parkway
Food Tours

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Little Greenbrier School. Get some historical perspective at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Walker Sisters' Cabin. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get a taste of the local shopping with Fowler's Clay Works, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg road trip tool .

You can drive from Asheville to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Titanic Museum Attraction
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Ole Opry as well as Walkin' Nashville - Music City Legends Tour. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, see Walkin' Nashville - Music City Legends Tour, then admire the majestic nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Nashville. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally walk around Centennial Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner .

Getting from Gatlinburg to Nashville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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