8 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville & Charlotte Itinerary

8 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville & Charlotte Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Charlotte
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 1 night

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 11th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road and then take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online driving holiday planner.

Silver Spring to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. November in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Boheme, Grovewood Village and Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Venture out of the city with trips to Greenville (Liberty Bridge, Falls Park on the Reedy, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip planner.

You can take a bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 3 nights

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Discovery Place Science and then examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South. On the next day, stop by The Rumor Mill Market, revel in the low prices at Concord Mills, then stroll around Freedom Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip planning website.

Drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trips