18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cherokee
— 2 nights
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
3
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
4
Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights

2
nights
Cherokee

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherokee: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, &more) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, explore the galleries of Oconaluftee Indian Village, and admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cherokee driving holiday planner.

Jackson to Cherokee is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jackson to Cherokee. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jackson in August: high temperatures in Cherokee hover around 82°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlands, River Rafting & Tubing, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum

5
nights
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: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, trot along with Sugarland Riding Stables, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cherokee to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Traveling from Cherokee in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Hartford to see River Rafting & Tubing about 42 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

Gatlinburg is very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

5
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Thu) at Dollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge, and do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Pigeon Forge is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In August, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sevierville
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Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction
The Island in Pigeon Forge ©
The Island in Pigeon Forge

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