12 days in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

12 days in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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1
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
2
Pigeon Forge
— 6 nights
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, and then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company and then meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

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High Springs to Gatlinburg is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from High Springs in April, things will get a bit cooler in Gatlinburg: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chimneys Picnic Area
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
You've now added Mouse Creek Falls to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Knoxville (East Tennesse Historical Society & Market Square), Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest) and Bald River Falls (in Tellico Plains). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Dollywood, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, have some family-friendly fun at Old Time Photo Number 5, and take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge day trip tool.

Pigeon Forge is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In April in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sevierville, Knoxville, Pisgah National Forest, Mouse Creek Falls, Bald River Falls
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Sevier Distilling Company ©
Sevier Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Parrot Mountain & Gardens ©
Parrot Mountain & Gardens

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nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Roaring Fork has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Newfound Gap Road, thenappreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Cades Cove, and finally cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itinerary builder.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very close to Pigeon Forge. In April, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road

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