3 days in East Tennessee & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

3 days in East Tennessee & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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3 days in East Tennessee & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Mobile
Fly:  4​h
1
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Mobile

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the world behind art at Hunter Museum of American Art, then sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and then examine the collection at Coker Museum. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, then examine the collection at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, then take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and finally take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Chattanooga trip planner .

Mobile to Chattanooga is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mobile to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mobile in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Chattanooga, with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ©
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Hunter Museum of American Art ©
Hunter Museum of American Art

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cades Cove. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): appreciate the views at Cades Cove and then admire all the interesting features of Little River Road. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Charlies Bunion, then admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and then hike along Porters Creek Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature