5 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

5 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 3 nights
2
Highlands
— 1 night

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob) and Nantahala River Gem Mine (in Bryson City). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, and try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cherokee tour itinerary planning site.

Atlanta to Cherokee is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Atlanta in August: high temperatures in Cherokee hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Bryson City
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Jackson Hole Trading Post & Gem Mine, admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls, thenadmire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Highlands road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Jackson Hole Trading Post & Gem Mine ©
Jackson Hole Trading Post & Gem Mine

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