12 days in Gatlinburg, North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

12 days in Gatlinburg, North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Greenville
— 1 night
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Charleston
— 3 nights
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Hilton Head
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Gatlinburg

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.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cool off at Dollywood, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the striking landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg online itinerary planner.

Thomaston to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In April in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Asheville

Asheville ©

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, relax in the rural setting at Looking Glass Creamery, and then experience rural life at Hop'n Blueberry Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Biltmore, then look for gifts at Colin's Creatures, and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Asheville trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Asheville takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Greenville.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours

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Greenville

Greenville ©

Textile Center of the World

The largest city in "upstate" South Carolina, Greenville has grown around the natural wonders of waterfalls located in the downtown area.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, admire the sheer force of Falls Park on the Reedy, then appreciate the history behind Joel Roberts Poinsett Statue, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dark Corner Distillery.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Greenville trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Greenville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Asheville in April since evenings lows in Greenville dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Greenville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park on the Reedy ©
Falls Park on the Reedy
Dark Corner Distillery ©
Dark Corner Distillery
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail ©
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

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Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, steep yourself in history at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Nathaniel Russell House, and expand your understanding of the military at Fort Sumter National Monument.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Charleston trip planner.

Getting from Greenville to Charleston by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In April in Charleston, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Highlights from your plan
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Middleton Place ©
Middleton Place

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Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
On the 11th (Sat), race across the water with a speed boat tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, and then trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, then examine the collection at Pat Conroy Literary Center, and finally wander the streets of McIntosh Book Shoppe.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Hilton Head takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hilton Head can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Pat Conroy Literary Center ©
Pat Conroy Literary Center
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Speed Boats Tours

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