8 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

8 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Sapphire
— 2 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
3
Murphy
— 2 nights

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Sapphire

Sapphire ©
Sapphire is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. On the 8th (Sat), stroll around Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Jackson Hole Trading Post & Gem Mine, take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapphire trip tool.

Huntsville to Sapphire is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Huntsville to Sapphire is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Sapphire are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Sapphire

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Highlands, Silver Run Falls
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls
Gorges State Park ©
Gorges State Park

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City) and Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village, look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, and sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co..

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cherokee trip maker site.

You can drive from Sapphire to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sapphire in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cherokee, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Murphy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, River Rafting & Tubing
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Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
River Rafting & Tubing
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls

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Murphy

Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Cherokee Cellars Winery, try your luck at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino, experience rural life at Walnut Hollow Ranch, thenhead outdoors with Carolina Outfitters, and finally make a trip to Clay's Corner. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Fields of the Wood, have some family-friendly fun at WagonMaster Adventure Ranch, and then learn about winemaking at Nottely River Valley Vineyards.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Murphy itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Murphy takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Murphy

Fun & Games Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Walnut Hollow Ranch, Carolina Outfitters, Clay's Corner
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WagonMaster Adventure Ranch ©
WagonMaster Adventure Ranch
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood
Nottely River Valley Vineyards ©
Nottely River Valley Vineyards