5 days in Asheville, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

5 days in Asheville, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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Asheville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Asheville Gallery of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Center for Craft, explore the galleries of Biltmore, then take in the exciting artwork at Ariel Gallery, then look for gifts at New Morning Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary planner.

Wilmington to Asheville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in August, things will get slightly colder in Asheville: highs are around 82°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

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 10th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, then stroll through Quiet Walkways, and finally walk around Chimneys Picnic Area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg itinerary tool.

You can drive from Asheville to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Adventure · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): browse the different shops at Old Forge Plaza, catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, and finally view the masterpieces at Alewine Pottery.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge day trip app.

Pigeon Forge is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games · Theme Parks