7 days in Gatlinburg, Bristol & Bristol Itinerary

7 days in Gatlinburg, Bristol & Bristol Itinerary

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7 days in Gatlinburg, Bristol & Bristol Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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Bristol
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Drive:  0 min
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Bristol
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End: Bristol

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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 5th (Sat): make a splash at Dollywood, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online day trip planner .

Bristol to Gatlinburg is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bristol.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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Bristol

Bristol ©
Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): hike along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, stroll around Steele Creek Park, and then join the crowd at Bristol Motor Speedway. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, see human ingenuity at work at South Holston Dam, make a trip to Tennessee Welcome Center- Bristol, then explore the fascinating underground world of Bristol Caverns, and finally contemplate the long history of Tennessee Ernie Ford House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bristol trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Bristol takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Gatlinburg in October, expect nights in Bristol to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bristol.

Things to do in Bristol

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park
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Steele Creek Park ©
Steele Creek Park
Bristol Motor Speedway ©
Bristol Motor Speedway

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Bristol

Bristol ©
Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You've now added The Birthplace of Country Music Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): walk around Sugar Hollow Park, contemplate the long history of Downtown State Street, then shop like a local with Benjamin Walls Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum. On the next day, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Emerald Village and then deepen your understanding at International Storytelling Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bristol online tour itinerary planner .

Bristol is just a stone's throw from Bristol. In October, daytime highs in Bristol are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Bristol

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

International Storytelling Center, Emerald Village, Natural Tunnel State Park
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Sugar Hollow Park ©
Sugar Hollow Park
International Storytelling Center ©
International Storytelling Center