7 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & West Virginia Itinerary

7 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & West Virginia Itinerary

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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White Sulphur Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Lansing
— 1 night
Drive
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Weston
— 1 night
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Old Forge Distillery, Bluff Mountain Adventures, The Goat Coaster at Goats on the Roof, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elkmont Ghost Town and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Quiet Walkways. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, explore the activities along Townsend Wye, and take in the dramatic scenery at Baskins Creek Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itinerary builder tool.

Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In September, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to White Sulphur Springs.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

White Sulphur Springs

— 1 night
White Sulphur Springs is a city in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. You've added Nature's Mountain Playground - Pocahontas County, Falling Springs Waterfall, Shenandoah Valley, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Falling Springs Waterfall, delve into the lush surroundings at Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, learn about winemaking at Blue Ridge Vineyard, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smooth Ambler Distillery, then admire the majestic nature at Douthat State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Beartown State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the White Sulphur Springs road trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to White Sulphur Springs with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in September; daily highs in White Sulphur Springs reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lansing.

Things to do in White Sulphur Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lansing

— 1 night
Lansing is an unincorporated community in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Summersville Lake Lighthouse, explore the activities along New River Gorge National River, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Adventures on the Gorge.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lansing day trip tool.

Traveling by car from White Sulphur Springs to Lansing takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Weston.

Things to do in Lansing

Adventure · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Weston

— 1 night
Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at WVU Jackson's Mill Farmstead, do a tasting at Lambert's Vintage Wines, and then contemplate the long history of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Weston trip planner.

Getting from Lansing to Weston by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Weston are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Weston

Historic Sites · Wineries

West Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.