9 days in Gatlinburg, North Carolina & West Virginia Itinerary

9 days in Gatlinburg, North Carolina & West Virginia Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Charleston
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Gatlinburg

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Sevierville (Helicopter Tours, Sevier Distilling Company, &more). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg day trip app.

Omaha to Gatlinburg is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Omaha to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Omaha in March; daily highs in Gatlinburg reach 60°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Asheville driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Asheville in 2 hours. March in Asheville sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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Charleston

Charleston is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. On the 13th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Clay Center, admire the landmark architecture of West Virginia State Capitol, then take an in-depth tour of West Virginia State Museum, and finally try your luck at Mardi Gras Casino.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Charleston vacation maker.

Getting from Asheville to Charleston by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

West Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.