Road Trip: Shenandoah, Asheville & Great Smoky Mountains

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The mountains, the scenery, and the best of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. All that and more is waiting for you on this 7-night road trip through some of America's most prized national parks.  Whether you're driving along the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or staring up at the starry night sky, you'll know that this ...
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

What's this trip about?

    The mountains, the scenery, and the best of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. All that and more is waiting for you on this 7-night road trip through some of America's most prized national parks.  Whether you're driving along the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or staring up at the starry night sky, you'll know that this trip is exactly what you needed to reconnect with yourself and the world around you. 

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityVirginia
End CityGatlinburg

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Trip includes

    • 2 nights in Shenandoah National Park at the Skyland Resort, or similar
    • 2 nights in Asheville at the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, or similar
    • 3 nights in Gatlinburg at the Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center, or similar
    • Detailed day-by-day itinerary with trip highlights, hotel information, local guides, maps and daily driving instructions

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Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Virginia!

Head for the great state of Virginia! Your first stop is Shenandoah National Park, a wonderland bursting with spectacular vistas, sparkling waterfalls, and serene wooded hollows. 

Day 2 Shenandoah National Park

Leap into the action at Shenandoah National Park. Hike a section of the famous Appalachian Trail, see the historic summer retreat of President Herbert Hoover, and dive into the history and science of the park.  

Day 3 Shenandoah National Park - Asheville

Hit the Blue Ridge Highway for one of the most scenic drives the country has to offer. The ride from Shenandoah National Park to Asheville, North Carolina can take 5-6 hours, so be sure to plan a stop or two for a bit of sightseeing or souvenir shopping along the way! 

Day 4 Asheville

If you're ready for another beautiful day in the great outdoors, make your way to Pisgah National Forest or the Botanical Gardens of Asheville. If you prefer to stay in the city to explore the thriving arts scene, there are tons of offerings to explore. Take a brewery tour, visit a museum or two, or head downtown to check out the buskers performing on nearly every street corner! 

Day 5 Asheville - Gatlinburg

The road is calling! Your drive from Asheville to the Great Smoky Mountains will take about 2 hours. Once you've arrived, treat yourself to a tasty meal and some of Gatlinburg's lively entertainment. 

Day 6 Gatlinburg

The Great Smoky Mountains are waiting! Why not spend the day in Cades Cove, the most popular destination in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This verdant valley is prime for spotting wildlife, immersing yourself in history, and hiking beautiful nature trails. 

Day 7 Gatlinburg

Grab some quality time with the family today. Ride the Gatlinburg Space Needle's glass elevator 407 feet straight up to get an unparalleled 360-degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, After, you may enjoy a visit to Acadia, located below the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

Day 8 Depart Gatlinburg

Your epic trip has come to an end. It's time to head home and start planning your next adventure! 

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Last Updated: 7/13/2023

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