5 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Asheville Itinerary

5 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Asheville Itinerary

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Asheville
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©

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.
On the 13th (Tue), trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, then pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, then take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome.

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

Valparaiso to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Valparaiso in October: high temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park hover around 74°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Asheville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine (in Pigeon Forge) and Gatlinburg (Tennessee Homemade Wines, Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy, find your balance on the water with Wai Mauna Asheville SUP Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Biltmore, and sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville attractions planner.

Getting from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville by bus takes about 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Side Trips

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Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Biltmore ©
Biltmore

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