11 days in Nashville, Little Switzerland & Gatlinburg Itinerary

11 days in Nashville, Little Switzerland & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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11 days in Nashville, Little Switzerland & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: Saint Charles
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Little Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Saint Charles

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Radnor Lake State Park and The District. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Arrington Vineyards (in Arrington) and George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma). Next up on the itinerary: browse the collection at Nashville Public Library and sample the fine beverages at Prichard's Distillery at Fontanel.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Nashville itinerary maker .

Saint Charles to Nashville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Little Switzerland.

Things to do in Nashville

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

George Dickel Distillery, Arrington Vineyards
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Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Arrington Vineyards ©
Arrington Vineyards
The District ©
The District

5
nights
Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland ©
Welcome to Little Switzerland, NC – a summer colony high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore hidden gems such as Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail and Emerald Village. Get in touch with nature at Rough Ridge Lookout and Crabtree falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Little Switzerland: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park (in Elizabethton), Linville Falls Winery (in Newland) and Catawba Falls (in Old Fort). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Jefferson State Park, admire the sheer force of Linville Falls, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper Barrel Distillery, and trek along Hawksbill Mountain Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Little Switzerland online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Nashville to Little Switzerland in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Little Switzerland is 1 hour. When traveling from Nashville in September, plan for slightly colder days in Little Switzerland, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Little Switzerland

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Burnsville, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Mount Jefferson State Park, Linville Falls Winery
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Linville Falls Winery ©
Linville Falls Winery
Linville Falls ©
Linville Falls

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sugarland Cellars and Grotto Falls Parking. Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork and Gatlinburg Trail. Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, trek along Rainbow Falls Trail, and stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg trip planner .

You can drive from Little Switzerland to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©

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