3 days in Charlotte, Gatlinburg & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

3 days in Charlotte, Gatlinburg & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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3 days in Charlotte, Gatlinburg & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
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Charlotte
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
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Gatlinburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bryson City
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
On the 25th (Sat), see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame and then get your game on at Escape Kings.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte day trip app .

New York City to Charlotte is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Charlotte are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Charlotte

Fun & Games Museums
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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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 26th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planner .

Getting from Charlotte to Gatlinburg by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. May in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wineries

Side Trip

The Escape Game Pigeon Forge
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bryson City trip planner .

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Gatlinburg in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Bryson City, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cherokee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Oconaluftee Islands Park ©
Oconaluftee Islands Park

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