7 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & North Carolina Itinerary

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Corolla
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Wilmington
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, then get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, get outside with The Sinks, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Meigs Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip builder.

Austin to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Austin in June; daily highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park reach 86°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
Quiet Walkways ©
Quiet Walkways

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 29th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, examine the collection at Whalehead Club, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Carova Beach, then explore and take pictures at Beach Jeeps of Corolla, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Corolla online tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Corolla in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In June, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum

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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the world behind art at Cameron Art Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, then see the interesting displays at Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at Expo 216. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carolina Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

You can drive from Corolla to Wilmington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary ©
The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary
Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens ©
Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

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