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

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

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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 4 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
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Lafayette
— 1 night

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Mammoth Cave National Park — 4 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Bring the kids along to Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and Diamond Caverns. The adventure continues: trek along Fat Man's Misery, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tall Man's Misery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Mammoth Cave National Park. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Laurel Falls and Ramsey Cascades will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cades Cove, trek along Alum Cave Trail, explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road, and cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options 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 December, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. On the 29th (Wed), you're off to Lafayette.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Lafayette — 1 night

Lafayette is a city in and the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, located 63mi northwest of Indianapolis and 105mi southeast of Chicago. For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lafayette online travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Lafayette. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in December, things will get little chillier in Lafayette: highs are around 39°F and lows about 24°F.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors