7 days in Cherokee, East Tennessee & Nashville Itinerary

7 days in Cherokee, East Tennessee & Nashville Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Cherokee
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Knoxville
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Nashville
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Cherokee

— 2 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
On the 28th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and then trek along Alum Cave Trail. On the next day, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip itinerary app.

Lena to Cherokee is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Lena to Cherokee, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Knoxville

— 2 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Knoxville Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ijams Nature Center, and finally make a trip to Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Knoxville trip planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Knoxville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Knoxville

Museums · Wineries · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 2nd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Radnor Lake State Park, see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, and then take in the views from John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Knoxville to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October in Nashville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nashville

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.