6 days in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

6 days in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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6 days in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

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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 20th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge tour builder tool .

New Orleans to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Pigeon Forge due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in October, you will find days in Pigeon Forge are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are slightly colder (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors

Side Trip

Sevierville
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Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ©
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
Zipline
Old Forge Distillery ©
Old Forge Distillery

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nights
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 22nd (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Paul Murray Gallery, stop by Wrapped Elegance, view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company. On your second day here, stroll around Freenotes Harmony Park, take in the exciting artwork at Heartwood Galleries, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg trip planning app .

Gatlinburg is just a stone's throw from Pigeon Forge. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Shopping
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Zipline

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the views at Cades Cove and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip site .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. In October in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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