11 days in Helen, Blue Ridge & Chattanooga Itinerary

11 days in Helen, Blue Ridge & Chattanooga Itinerary

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11 days in Helen, Blue Ridge & Chattanooga Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Drive:  3​h
1
Helen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Blue Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Chattanooga
— 8 nights
End: Chattanooga

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Helen

Helen
A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stop by Goats On the Roof Helen, then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Tallulah Gorge State Park. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Anna Ruby Falls and then immerse yourself in nature at Unicoi State Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helen day trip planning site .

Chattanooga to Helen is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga in October, expect Helen to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Blue Ridge.

Things to do in Helen

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Dry Falls, Tallulah Gorge State Park
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Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Unicoi State Park
Unicoi State Park
Anna Ruby Falls ©
Anna Ruby Falls

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Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge ©
A small resort town located in Georgia's "Historic High Country," Blue Ridge sits right on the national scenic trail that follows the Appalachian mountain range for over 3,300 km (2,100 mi).
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stop by Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, then add some fun to your beach time Raft One, and then get active on the water at Ocoee Adventure Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Blue Ridge vacation planner .

Getting from Helen to Blue Ridge by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Blue Ridge are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Ocoee Adventure Center, Raft One
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Ocoee Adventure Center ©
Ocoee Adventure Center
Raft One ©
Raft One
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company ©
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company

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Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Get a sense of the local culture at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields and Red Clay State Historic Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Cravens House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chattanooga: Russell Cave National Monument (in Bridgeport), Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park (in Manchester) and Cumberland Caverns (in McMinnville). There's lots more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga Battlefield, take in nature's colorful creations at Rock City Gardens, explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Blue Ridge to Chattanooga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Blue Ridge, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chattanooga, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lookout Mountain, Fort Oglethorpe, Russell Cave National Monument, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
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