8 days in Miami, North Carolina & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

8 days in Miami, North Carolina & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Miami
— 2 nights
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Pisgah Forest
— 1 night
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Highlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
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Miami

— 2 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Everglades National Park (Pineland Trail, Gumbo Limbo Trail, &more), Florida Keys Key Lime Products (in Key Largo) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at South Beach and take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Miami trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Miami. In July in Miami, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Pisgah Forest.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest

— 1 night
Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. On the 29th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through DuPont State Recreational Forest, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sliding Rock, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pisgah Forest Gem Mine.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pisgah Forest online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Miami to Pisgah Forest takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami in July; daily highs in Pisgah Forest reach 84°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Pisgah Forest

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 30th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, then admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls, then explore the activities along Lake Glenville, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Highlands tour planner.

Drive from Pisgah Forest to Highlands in 1.5 hours. July in Highlands sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mount LeConte and Clingmans Dome. The adventure continues: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, hike along Grotto Falls Parking, take in the dramatic scenery at Cataract Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alum Cave Trail.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Highlands to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Traveling from Highlands in July, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.