8 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

8 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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8 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Cherokee
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Murphy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Highlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Newark

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Cataloochee Valley. Get some historical perspective at Oconaluftee Indian Village and Mingus Mill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Deep Creek (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Waynesville (Barber Orchard Fruitstand, Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, get a taste of the local shopping with Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cherokee tour itinerary site .

Newark to Cherokee is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Newark in August, Cherokee is slightly colder at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Murphy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Waynesville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sylva, Dillsboro, Bryson City
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

1
night
Murphy

Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): browse for treasures at Marketplace Antiques, stop by Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, then try your luck at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino, then take in the exciting artwork at Highlander Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fields of the Wood.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Murphy planner .

Getting from Cherokee to Murphy by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Murphy sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Highlander Gallery
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Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company ©
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood
Highlander Gallery ©
Highlander Gallery

2
nights
Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, then stop by A Jones Company, and then take a peaceful walk through Panthertown Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Highlands trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Murphy to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In August in Highlands, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cashiers, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Panthertown Valley ©
Panthertown Valley