7 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

7 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Highlands
— 2 nights
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Cherokee
— 4 nights
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Highlands — 2 nights

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Step out of Highlands to go to Franklin and see Ruby City Gems & Minerals, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, stroll around The Village Green, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and play a few rounds at Old Edwards Club.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Highlands online trip maker.

Philadelphia to Highlands is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Philadelphia in May since evenings lows in Highlands dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Cherokee.
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Cherokee — 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Bryson City (Nantahala on the Fly & River Rafting & Tubing). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip tool.

Getting from Highlands to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Cherokee are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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