8 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

8 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  3 h 15 min
1
Cashiers
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Murphy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Cashiers

Cashiers ©
Cashiers is a census-designated place and unincorporated village located in southern Jackson County, North Carolina. Cashiers is known for shopping, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Gorges State Park, explore the striking landscape at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and look for gifts at Cashiers Farmers Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cashiers online trip builder.

Charlotte to Cashiers is an approximately 3.5- hour car ride. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in October: high temperatures in Cashiers hover around 70°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Murphy.

Things to do in Cashiers

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Highlands, Sapphire, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Silver Run Falls ©
Silver Run Falls
Cashiers Farmers Market ©
Cashiers Farmers Market

2
nights
Murphy

Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Cherokee Cellars Winery, try to win big at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino, then putt your heart out at Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining, then don't miss a visit to Fields of the Wood, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Black & White Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): wander the wide-open spaces of Two Crows Farm, head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters, and then hike along Murphy River Walk.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Murphy road trip app.

Traveling by car from Cashiers to Murphy takes 2 hours. October in Murphy sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Murphy

Outdoors Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining ©
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood
Two Crows Farm ©
Two Crows Farm

3
nights
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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.
Explore Cherokee's surroundings by going to Maggie Valley (Soco Falls & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village, take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, and look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cherokee trip builder.

Drive from Murphy to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. October in Cherokee sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Mingus Mill
Highlights from your plan
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls