8 days in Afton & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

8 days in Afton & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Afton
— 3 nights
2
Cherokee
— 3 nights
3
Highlands
— 1 night

3
nights
Afton

Afton ©
Afton is an unincorporated community in Albemarle and Nelson counties in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Afton: SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts (in Elkton), Shenandoah National Park (Mary's Rock Summit Trail, Skyline Drive, &more) and Grand Caverns (in Grottoes). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Silverback Distillery, relax in the rural setting at Chiles Peach Orchard, cool off at Massanutten Indoor WaterPark, and sample the tasty concoctions at Bold Rock Hard Cider.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Afton travel route planner.

Norfolk to Afton is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Norfolk in August since evenings lows in Afton dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Afton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Massanutten Indoor WaterPark, Bold Rock Hard Cider, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, Grand Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls
Silverback Distillery ©
Silverback Distillery

3
nights
Cherokee

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, get outside with Tuckaseegee Fly Shop, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., and steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Cherokee travel route planning site.

Getting from Afton to Cherokee by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Highlands trip planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Highlands in 1.5 hours. August in Highlands sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Bust Your Butt Falls ©
Bust Your Butt Falls

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