4 days in Townsend, Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg Itinerary

4 days in Townsend, Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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Townsend
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Townsend

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Peaceful Side of the Smokies

The quietest of the three main entrances to the World Heritage-listed national park encompassing part of the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend is a low-key town.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, then cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then identify plant and animal life at ABR's Visitor & Education Center, and finally admire the sheer force of Abrams Falls Trail.

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Chicago to Townsend is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Townsend is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in Townsend hover around 72°F and lows are around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Townsend

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

Center of Fun in the Smokies

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, get a dose of the wild on Bluff Mountain Adventures, and then learn about winemaking at Mountain Valley Winery.

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Getting from Townsend to Pigeon Forge by car takes about an hour. April in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Gatlinburg

— 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Doc Collier Distillery, then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, and finally admire the sheer force of Cataract Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Little River Road, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, then steep yourself in history at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works.

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Gatlinburg is very close to Pigeon Forge. In April, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors

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