9 days in North Carolina & Gatlinburg Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Drive to McGhee Tyson Airport, Fly to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Drive to Thomaston

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Charlotte

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
On the 1st (Wed), get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library and then see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): stop by PuckerButt Pepper Company, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and finally see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Before you visit Charlotte, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Thomaston to Charlotte is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In April in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

3
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Greenville (Dark Corner Distillery & Falls Park on the Reedy). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with St.Claire Art.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte in April, Asheville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge, and cool off at Dollywood.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Gatlinburg takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.