5 days in Chattanooga, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Blue Ridge Itinerary

5 days in Chattanooga, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Blue Ridge Itinerary

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5 days in Chattanooga, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Blue Ridge Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Drive:  2​h
1
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Blue Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

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.
On the 31st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Greenway Farm-North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, do a tasting at The Georgia Winery, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ruby Falls, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Chattanooga trip itinerary website .

Atlanta to Chattanooga is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. August in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Georgia Winery
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Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls
The Georgia Winery ©
The Georgia Winery

1
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 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and then hike along Fighting Creek Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, then admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Chattanooga to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Blue Ridge.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

1
night
Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge ©
A small resort town located in Georgia's "Historic High Country," Blue Ridge sits right on the national scenic trail that follows the Appalachian mountain range for over 3,300 km (2,100 mi).
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Morganton Point Recreation Area, then putt your heart out at The Lilly Pad Village, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grumpy Old Men Brewing.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Blue Ridge road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Blue Ridge. When traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blue Ridge: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Fun & Games Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Lilly Pad Village ©
The Lilly Pad Village
Morganton Point Recreation Area ©
Morganton Point Recreation Area
Grumpy Old Men Brewing ©
Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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