9 days in Asheville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

9 days in Asheville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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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 Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Hendersonville (Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine) and Looking Glass Falls (in Pisgah Forest). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Asheville Pinball Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and view the masterpieces at Downtown Asheville Art District.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip maker.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Asheville when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough 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 Bush's Visitor Center. 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: Townsend (Tuckaleechee Caverns & Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing), Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville). There's lots more to do: trek along Chimney Tops Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, and stroll through Grotto Falls Parking.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Asheville to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. July in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips