12 days in The Smokies Itinerary

12 days in The Smokies Itinerary

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12 days in The Smokies Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 9 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

9
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes A Walk in the Woods, Blue Ridge Pkwy and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Dollywood. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Asheville), Ijams Nature Center (in Knoxville) and Panther Creek State Park (in Morristown). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, take in panoramic vistas at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and find something for the whole family at Rowdy Bear Mountain.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg vacation planner.

Philadelphia to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing, Ijams Nature Center, Zipline, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

2
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.
On the 31st (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove, then pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, look for all kinds of wild species at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip builder tool .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very close to Gatlinburg. In August, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls

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