6 days in Chicago & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

6 days in Chicago & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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6 days in Chicago & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Chicago
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Relax by the water at Rosewood Beach and Whihala Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. in DeKalb, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. In July, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

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Side Trips

Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Whihala Beach, Rosewood Beach
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte. Popular historic sites such as Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and stroll through Alum Cave Trail.

Before you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In July, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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