9 days in West Virginia, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

9 days in West Virginia, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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Harpers Ferry
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Fayetteville
— 1 night
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
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Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jefferson Rock, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, don't miss a visit to Jefferson Rock, and then steep yourself in history at The Point.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Harpers Ferry trip itinerary maker site.

Cheshire to Harpers Ferry is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Cheshire in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Harpers Ferry: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 42°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Fayetteville.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Fayetteville

— 1 night
Fayetteville is a town in and the county seat of Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Long Point Trail, New River Gorge Bridge and Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get all the information you need at Canyon Rim Visitor Center and then take in the views from New River Gorge Bridge.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fayetteville road trip site.

Drive from Harpers Ferry to Fayetteville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Fayetteville can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 4 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.
Take a break from Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a short trip to Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, hike along Middle Prong Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Fayetteville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Fayetteville in April, expect Great Smoky Mountains National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 72°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
On the 22nd (Thu), stroll through Old Rag Mountain Hike and then look for gifts at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Dean Cemetery, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Caverns, and then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park. In April, daytime highs in Shenandoah National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.