8 days in Northeast Georgia Mountains, North Carolina Mountains & Georgia Coast Itinerary

8 days in Northeast Georgia Mountains, North Carolina Mountains & Georgia Coast Itinerary

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Helen
— 1 day
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Savannah
— 2 nights
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Jekyll Island
— 1 night
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Helen

Georgia's Alpine Village

A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
On the 1st (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Skylake Galleries, admire the sheer force of Anna Ruby Falls, and then explore the activities along Chattahoochee River.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helen attractions planner.

Atlanta to Helen is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in August: high temperatures in Helen hover around 83°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Helen

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

2
nights
Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road, take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip planner.

Drive from Helen to Cherokee in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cherokee are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

2
nights
Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get advice or help at The Folk Art Center, and then steep yourself in history at Grovewood Village.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Asheville attractions planner.

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

2
nights
Savannah

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 6th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Pulaski National Monument, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, stroll the grounds of Colonial Park Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Olde Pink House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of First African Baptist Church, and finally wander the streets of Savannah Historic District.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Savannah road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Savannah takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, expect Savannah to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jekyll Island.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
night
Jekyll Island

A vacation on Jekyll Island allows visitors to discover the lifestyle of American aristocrats from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Driftwood Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jekyll Island vacation app.

Drive from Savannah to Jekyll Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Jekyll Island are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jekyll Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.

Georgia Coast travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks