6 days in Gatlinburg & Chapel Hill Itinerary

6 days in Gatlinburg & Chapel Hill Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
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Chapel Hill
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Gatlinburg

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Sevier Distilling Company in Sevierville--about 32 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 31st (Thu) at Dollywood. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, walk around Freenotes Harmony Park, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg attractions site.

Birmingham to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Birmingham in December: high temperatures in Gatlinburg hover around 53°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chapel Hill.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange Counties, and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care. On the 3rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Carolina Tiger Rescue, then identify plant and animal life at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, and then walk around Fred G. Bond Metro Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Downtown Chapel Hill, then make a trip to Womancraft Gifts, then see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, and finally deepen your understanding at University of North Carolina.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chapel Hill trip planning website.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chapel Hill in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, daytime highs in Chapel Hill are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips