11 days in Mammoth Cave National Park & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

11 days in Mammoth Cave National Park & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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Mammoth Cave National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 6 nights

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Mammoth Cave National Park is known for nature, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, hike along Cedar Sink Trail, stroll through Fat Man's Misery, and explore the activities along Dog Creek Recreation Area.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip planning website.

New York City to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Mammoth Cave National Park. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Mammoth Cave National Park, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Horse Cave, Diamond Caverns, Dog Creek Recreation Area, Sand Cave
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo ©
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Grotto Falls Parking, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road.

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

You can fly from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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