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: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Detroit


Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): browse for treasures at Marketplace Antiques and then try to win big at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Murphy trip planner .

Detroit to Murphy is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Murphy

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Mountain View Marina ©
Mountain View Marina
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood
Marketplace Antiques ©
Marketplace Antiques


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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Mingo Falls will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Change things up with a short trip to Waterrock Knob in Maggie Valley (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, admire the masterpieces at Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery, and examine the collection at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee trip planner.

You can drive from Murphy to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

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Side Trips

Bryson City, Maggie Valley
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River Rafting & Tubing
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee ©
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad


Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 29th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Bascom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): stop by Colonel Mustard's, then explore the striking landscape at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and then play a few rounds at Old Edwards Club.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Highlands trip planner .

Getting from Cherokee to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Old Edwards Club ©
Old Edwards Club