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

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

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, then get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, get outside with The Sinks, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Meigs Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip builder.

Austin to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Austin in June; daily highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park reach 86°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 29th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Carova Beach, take a memorable drive along Beach Jeeps of Corolla, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla online trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and car from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Corolla in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the world behind art at Cameron Art Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, then see the interesting displays at Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at Expo 216. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carolina Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

You can drive from Corolla to Wilmington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.