7 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Nashville Itinerary

7 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Nashville Itinerary

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7 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  5​h
1
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Detroit

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and then make a splash at Dollywood.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planning tool .

Detroit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in February; daily highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park reach 52°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nashville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, 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

3
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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to Lotz House Museum in Franklin, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, admire the striking features of Fontanel Mansion, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nashville online route planner .

You can take a bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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