7 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee & Gatlinburg Itinerary

7 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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7 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Maggie Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Orlando

2
nights
Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley ©
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Maggie Valley: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Dogwood Crafters (in Dillsboro). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, admire all the interesting features of Balsam Mountain Road, take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, and view the masterpieces at Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Maggie Valley online vacation planner .

Orlando to Maggie Valley is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train, taxi, and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Orlando in April: highs in Maggie Valley hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dogwood Crafters, River Rafting & Tubing, Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery
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Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Waterrock Knob
Waterrock Knob

1
night
Franklin

Franklin ©
Franklin is a town in Franklin Township, Macon County, North Carolina, United States, within the Nantahala National Forest. On the 9th (Tue), hike along Bartram Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cullasaja River Gorge.

Plan trip to Franklin with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Maggie Valley to Franklin takes 1.5 hours. In April in Franklin, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Franklin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlands
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Cullasaja River Gorge ©
Cullasaja River Gorge

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, stroll through Chimneys Picnic Area, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Franklin to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gatlinburg when traveling from Franklin in April, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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