8 days in Mammoth Cave National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

8 days in Mammoth Cave National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
3
Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fat Man's Misery and then Head underground at Diamond Caverns.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip builder tool.

Philadelphia to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Philadelphia to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Diamond Caverns
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Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
Visiting Chimney Tops Trail and Roaring Fork will get you outdoors. Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park's surroundings by going to Pigeon Forge (The Coaster at Goats on the Roof & Room Escape Games) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). And it doesn't end there: hike along Grotto Falls Parking, cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elkwallow Picnic Area and then hike along Old Rag Mountain Hike. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Veritas Vineyard & Winery and then take in the awesome beauty at Bearfence Mountain.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Veritas Vineyard & Winery
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Bearfence Mountain ©
Bearfence Mountain
Elkwallow Picnic Area ©
Elkwallow Picnic Area

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