7 days in Gatlinburg, Destin & Gulf Shores Itinerary

7 days in Gatlinburg, Destin & Gulf Shores Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Drive to McGhee Tyson Airport, Fly to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Drive to Miramar Beach
Miramar Beach
— 1 night
Gulf Shores
— 2 nights


Gatlinburg — 3 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and cruise along Little River Road.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Chicago to Gatlinburg is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, Gatlinburg is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Miramar Beach.
Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Miramar Beach — 1 night

Miramar Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Walton County, Florida, United States. On the 27th (Sun), kick back and relax at Henderson Beach State Park, then cast your line with Huntress Charter Fishing, and then stop by Waterfront Gifts and Art.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Miramar Beach trip itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Gatlinburg to Miramar Beach with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Gatlinburg in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Miramar Beach: highs are around 70°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gulf Shores.
Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Gulf Shores — 2 nights

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then admire the majestic nature at Gulf State Park. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS ALABAMA and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gulf Shores trip maker.

Drive from Miramar Beach to Gulf Shores in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Miramar Beach in March since evenings lows in Gulf Shores dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Destin travel guide

Parasailing & Paragliding · Fishing Charters & Tours · Water Sports
World's Luckiest Fishing Village
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations. The city originated as a small fishing village, but today tourists from all over the world flock here to enjoy itineraries filled with dolphin cruises, snorkeling, and superb sailing. The city boasts a lively nightlife scene, and when the sun sets, beachfront bars and seafood restaurants are abuzz with activity. The sand of Destin's idyllic beaches is considered to be some of the whitest in the world; made up of finely ground quartz crystal, it resembles sugar.