6 Day Great Smoky Mountains Itinerary

The legendary Great Smoky Mountains National Park conjures up images of classic blue silhouette of mountain ridges, bears, elk, and waterfalls. The question is, what’s the best way to do it?

This itinerary, you’ll gain inspiration for how to make the most of a trip that covers both states and includes the best places to see, do, eat, and stay for those with an adventurous spirit.

Day 1: North Carolina – Charlotte to Waynesville

You’ll be starting your day itinerary on the North Carolina side and for those that are flying in, the Charlotte airport (CLT) will be the easiest to get to.

Day 2: North Carolina – Valley and Dome

Cataloochee Valley is one of the remote areas to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park but in here you’ll find well-preserved historic frame buildings such as churches, schools, and homes.

You’ll be combing two iconic activities in western North Carolina – riding the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and rafting the Nantahala River.

Day 3: North Carolina – Raft and Rail

DAY 4: NORTH CAROLINA & TENNESSEE – WATERFALLS, MOUNTAINS AND ZORBS

Start with Juney Whank Falls which is closest to the parking lot. There’s a gradual climb on this trail but it’s a short hike. You’ll see a combination of cascades and sliding water.

DAY 5: TENNESSEE – ROARING AND PINK

Pink Jeep Tours made famous in Sedona, Arizona but now has their own set of tours in the Great Smoky Mountains.

DAY 6: TENNESSEE – PEAK TO PEAK

Wake up bright and early you’ll need to make the drive from Maryville to Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg is a mountainside town at the footsteps of the Smokies that’s filled with outdoor adventure.

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