5 days in Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains & Cherokee & Gatlinburg Itinerary

5 days in Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains & Cherokee & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
3
Gatlinburg
— 1 night

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Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
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.
On the 15th (Mon), get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and then Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo and then find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge road trip site.

Washington DC to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In April, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Tuckaleechee Caverns, Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo
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Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof ©
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof
Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo ©

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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.
On the 17th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Elkmont Ghost Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and then stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, thenbrush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gatlinburg trip planner.

Gatlinburg is very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines

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