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

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

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

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h
1
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Gatlinburg
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and then Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Old Mill, meet the residents at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo, and then get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary maker .

Washington DC to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In April in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 49°F at night. 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

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

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 17th (Wed): make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town, then trek along 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 next day: contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School, then take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and then trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

1
night
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
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 19th (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Distillery - Barrelhouse, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg travel planner.

Gatlinburg is very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In April, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°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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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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