7 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

7 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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7 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

Start: Shoals
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Shoals

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Oconee Station State Historic Site and then hike along King Creek Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Highlands travel planning website .

Shoals to Highlands is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Shoals in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Highlands, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Stonewall Creek Vineyards, Main Street Gallery, King Creek Falls, Oconee Station State Historic Site, Cashiers Farmers Market
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King Creek Falls ©
King Creek Falls
Oconee Station State Historic Site ©
Stonewall Creek Vineyards ©
Stonewall Creek Vineyards

1
night
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cherokee trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In May in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trip

Bryson City
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Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery ©
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery

2
nights
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 20th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Distillery - Barrelhouse, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, get a taste of the local shopping with Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, then trek along Grotto Falls Trail, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and then learn about winemaking at Sugarland Cellars.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Drive from Cherokee to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cherokee in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Gatlinburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Wineries Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Sugarland Cellars ©
Sugarland Cellars

1
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and finally examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge travel planning app .

Pigeon Forge is very close to Gatlinburg. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Smoky Mountain Knife Works
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Mill Bridge Winery ©
Mill Bridge Winery

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