From Harlan, Knoxville is 70 miles (113 kilometers) to the southwest, and Lexington is 110 miles (177 kilometers) to the northwest.
Staying in only one place, no matter how popular, usually only offers you a glimpse into the broader textures and qualities of a region. So try to allow a few days to delve into Eastern Kentucky's other natural and man-made attractions. Pineville, lays 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the east, and Cumberland Gap is situated 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northeast.
If you're staying in Harlan, why don't you make a day trip to Bristol. Approximately 65 miles (105 kilometers) away, this regional city is where you'll find Whitetop Creek Park, Paramount Center for the Arts and Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol Caverns and Bristol Dragway are a number of other visitor attractions to see for those who would like to spend a while longer there.
When you hear the call of the wild, follow the lead of active locals and go horse riding or zip-lining.
The nearest major airport, Tri-Cities Regional Airport, is located in Tri-Cities, 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the southeast of Harlan, a handy point to remember when booking your vacation.