4 days in Chattanooga & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

4 days in Chattanooga & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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4 days in Chattanooga & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Drive:  2​h
1
Chattanooga
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Atlanta

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night
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.
On the 1st (Sun), grab your bike and head to Enterprise South Nature Park, stroll through Greenway Farm-North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, make a trip to Ruby Falls, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga trip planner .

Atlanta to Chattanooga is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls
Enterprise South Nature Park ©
Enterprise South Nature Park

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night
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.
You've now added Grotto Falls Trail to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, then hike along Grotto Falls Trail, and finally appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chattanooga to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 5.5 hours. September in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls

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