36 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

36 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Maggie Valley
— 10 nights
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 7 nights
3
Murphy
— 9 nights
4
Highlands
— 9 nights

10
nights
Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley ©
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Oconaluftee Indian Village and The Tunnel To Nowhere will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Waterrock Knob will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Maggie Valley side-trips: Sequoyah National Golf Club (in Whittier), Bryson City (Cooper Creek Trout Farm & Pond, The Charles Heath Gallery, &more) and Cherokee (Mountain Farm Museum & Mingo Falls). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, and find something for the whole family at Santa's Land Family Theme Park & Zoo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Maggie Valley trip planning website.

New York City to Maggie Valley is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New York City in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Maggie Valley, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee, Bryson City, Waynesville, Sequoyah National Golf Club, It's By Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Indian Creek Falls and Juney Whank Falls. And it doesn't end there: trek along Deep Creek, stroll through Tom Branch Falls, steep yourself in history at Mingus Mill, and admire the sheer force of Midnight Hole Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Maggie Valley to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Maggie Valley in July since evenings lows in Great Smoky Mountains National Park dip to °F. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Murphy.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Deep Creek ©
Deep Creek
Collins Creek Picnic Area ©
Collins Creek Picnic Area
Mingus Mill ©
Mingus Mill

9
nights
Murphy

Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Get outdoors at Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining and Murphy River Walk. Kids will enjoy Fields of the Wood and Salty Dog Gem Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Murphy: Hayesville (Old Jail Museum, Jackrabbit Mountain Bike & Hiking Trails, &more), Andrews (Calaboose Cellars & Andrews Brewing Company) and Topton (Otter Creek Trout Farm & Carolina Outfitters). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Fire Creek Falls, practice your aim at WagonMaster Adventure Ranch, relax in the rural setting at Two Crows Farm, and view the masterpieces at Highlander Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Murphy trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Murphy. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in July, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Murphy. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hayesville, Brasstown, Andrews, Topton
Highlights from your plan
Cherokee Lake Recreation Area ©
Cherokee Lake Recreation Area
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood

9
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum and Scottish Tartans Musuem. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dry Falls and Glen Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Highlands side-trips: Sapphire (Horsepasture River and Nature Trails, Gorges State Park, &more), Nantahala on the Fly (in Bryson City) and Franklin (Macon County Historical Society and Museum, Fishing Charters & Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, identify plant and animal life at Panthertown Valley, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and go deep underground at Jackson Hole Trading Post & Gem Mine.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Highlands travel route planning website.

You can drive from Murphy to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In July in Highlands, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Franklin, Sapphire, Cashiers, Nantahala on the Fly, Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls