9 days in Tennessee, North Carolina & West Virginia Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee, North Carolina & West Virginia Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly
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Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Nashville
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge

— 2 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Kids will enjoy Tuckaleechee Caverns and The Goat Coaster at Goats on the Roof. Step off the beaten path and head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. When in Pigeon Forge, make a side trip to see Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately Great Smoky Mountains National Park away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, and cool off at Dollywood.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary tool.

Houston to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Pigeon Forge. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Houston in October: high temperatures in Pigeon Forge hover around 74°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Family-friendly places like Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and Basilica of Saint Lawrence will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Mitchell State Park and The North Carolina Arboretum. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Lake Lure (Bald Mountain Golf Course & Zipline). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Asheville takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

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You can fly from Asheville to Harpers Ferry in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 30th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, head outdoors with Back Country Safari Tours, see the interesting displays at Whalehead Club, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from Harpers Ferry to Corolla in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. In October, Corolla is somewhat warmer than Harpers Ferry - with highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Corolla

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, then explore the activities along Radnor Lake State Park, and finally walk around Centennial Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville visit planning tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Corolla to Nashville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. October in Nashville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · 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

4.1
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.