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
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): trek along Fat Man's Misery and then explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Caverns.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park visit planner.

Philadelphia to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, plan for little chillier nights in Mammoth Cave National Park, with lows around 67°F. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grotto Falls Parking and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chimney Tops Trail and Mysterious Mansion. When in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, make a side trip to see Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine in Pigeon Forge, approximately Pigeon Forge away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, and cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
On the 9th (Fri), stroll through Elkwallow Picnic Area and then trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike. On the next day, do a tasting at Veritas Vineyard & Winery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bearfence Mountain.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Shenandoah National Park can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip