9 days in Asheville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

9 days in Asheville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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Asheville
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Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Visit Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Basilica of Saint Lawrence for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild) and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and Looking Glass Falls (in Pisgah Forest). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville online itinerary planner.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for little chillier nights in Asheville, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Roaring Fork. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hollywood Star Cars Museum and Guinness World Records Adventure. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville), Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Townsend (Tuckaleechee Caverns & Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alum Cave Trail, take an in-depth tour of Bush's Visitor Center, hike along Grotto Falls Parking, and take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Gatlinburg takes 2 hours. In July in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips