6 days in Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

6 days in Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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6 days in Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Vernon Hills
Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Vernon Hills

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then browse the exhibits of Grovewood Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and finally find something for the whole family at Rowdy Bear Mountain.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg day trip planning tool .

Vernon Hills to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vernon Hills to Gatlinburg. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. You'll set off for Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville
Highlights from your plan
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence
Rowdy Bear Mountain ©
Rowdy Bear Mountain

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. Attractions like Laurel Falls and Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Little River Road, contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, and make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip planning app .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very close to Gatlinburg. In August, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
Walker Sisters' Cabin ©
Walker Sisters' Cabin

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