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: Detroit
Bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Subway + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Panorama Orchards & Farm Market (in Ellijay), Chester Frost Park (in Hixson) and Savannah Oaks Winery (in Delano). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, admire the natural beauty at Gardens of Sunshine Hollow, and look for gifts at Fly Shop Company.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip planner .

Detroit to Chattanooga is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in August; daily highs in Chattanooga reach 89°F and lows reach 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Athens, Chickamauga Battlefield, Panorama Orchards & Farm Market, Chester Frost Park, Savannah Oaks Winery
Highlights from your plan
Chester Frost Park ©
Chester Frost Park
Savannah Oaks Winery ©
Savannah Oaks Winery

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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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Trail, cruise along Rich Mountain Road, then head outdoors with The Sinks, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park visit planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chattanooga to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 5.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
The Sinks ©
The Sinks
Little Greenbrier School ©
Little Greenbrier School

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