5 days in Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

5 days in Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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5 days in Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grovewood Village and Asheville Drum Circle. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Outdoor Gravity Park. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Basilica of Saint Lawrence (in Asheville) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof and do a tasting at Sugarland Cellars.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg day trip planning tool .

New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New York City in June, you will find days in Gatlinburg are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Historic Sites Theme Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Asheville, Pigeon Forge, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Zipline
Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, and then walk around Chimneys Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Newfound Gap Road, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip app .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In June in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area

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