9 days in Mammoth Cave National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Hopkins Itinerary

9 days in Mammoth Cave National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Hopkins Itinerary

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Mammoth Cave National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Hopkins
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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 3 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site and Old Fort Harrod State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Cedar Sink Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Mammoth Cave National Park's surroundings by going to Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility (in Coxs Creek), The Abbey of Gethsemani (in Trappist) and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve (in Radcliff). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park online trip builder.

Des Moines to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Escape the urban bustle at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Cataloochee Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Great Smoky Mountains National Park side-trips: Max Patch (in Hot Springs) and Bryson City (Smoky Mountain Trains Museum & Nantahala Brewing Company Taproom, Smokehouse & Brewery). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alum Cave Trail, and hike along Rainbow Falls Trail.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Hopkins.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hopkins

— 1 night
Hopkins is a census-designated place (CDP) in Richland County, South Carolina, United States, that was founded c. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congaree National Park.

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Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Hopkins with the Route module. May in Hopkins sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hopkins

Nature · Parks
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