8 days in Charlotte, Asheville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

8 days in Charlotte, Asheville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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Charlotte
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Charlotte

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte driving holiday planner.

Chicago to Charlotte is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. September in Charlotte sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Asheville.
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Asheville — 3 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Falls Park on the Reedy and Looking Glass Falls. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Looking Glass Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): shop like a local with Philip DeAngelo Studio, look for all kinds of wild species at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, then pick up some new knowledge with Majik-Studios, then view the masterpieces at Blue Spiral 1, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Falls Park on the Reedy.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Asheville trip planning website.

Drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Gatlinburg.
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Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature
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Gatlinburg — 4 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alum Cave Trail and Little River Road. Escape the urban bustle at Gatlinburg Trail and Mount LeConte. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, do a tasting at Gatlinburg Wine Cellar, examine the collection at Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Gatlinburg Brewing Company.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg road trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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