7 days in Helen, Asheville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

7 days in Helen, Asheville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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Helen
— 1 night
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
3
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights

1
night
Helen

Helen
A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
On the 12th (Sat), make a trip to BabyLand General Hospital, then take in the dramatic scenery at Anna Ruby Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Unicoi State Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Charlemagne's Kingdom.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helen tour itinerary planning site.

Cartersville to Helen is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartersville in September: highs in Helen hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Helen

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

BabyLand General Hospital
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Unicoi State Park
Unicoi State Park
Anna Ruby Falls ©
Anna Ruby Falls
BabyLand General Hospital ©
BabyLand General Hospital

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Go for a jaunt from Asheville to Marshall to see French Broad Adventures about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Biltmore, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Helen to Asheville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Asheville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. On the 16th (Wed), you're off to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

French Broad Adventures, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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French Broad Adventures ©
French Broad Adventures
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Collier Distillery, and then do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg road trip planning app.

You can drive from Asheville to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Mount LeConte
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

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