7 days in Townsend, Gatlinburg & Knoxville Itinerary

7 days in Townsend, Gatlinburg & Knoxville Itinerary

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7 days in Townsend, Gatlinburg & Knoxville Itinerary

Start: Townsend
1
Townsend
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: Townsend

3
nights
Townsend

Townsend ©
The quietest of the three main entrances to the World Heritage-listed national park encompassing part of the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend is a low-key town.
Step out of the city life by going to Bald River Falls and Citico Wildlife Wilderness. Explore hidden gems such as Crane Creek Vineyards and ABR's Visitor & Education Center. Go for a jaunt from Townsend to Copperhill to see Horseback Riding Tours about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School, and do a tasting at Cades Cove Cellars.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Townsend trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Townsend. April in Townsend sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Townsend

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bald River Falls, Little Greenbrier School, Citico Wildlife Wilderness, Crane Creek Vineyards
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Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©
Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Crane Creek Vineyards ©
Crane Creek Vineyards

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 13th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Tennessee XXX Moonshine on Teaster and then sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Townsend to Gatlinburg takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Mill Bridge Winery ©
Mill Bridge Winery

1
night
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Appalachia, then admire the engineering at Norris Dam State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Historic Southern Railway Station. Keep things going the next day: get curious at American Museum of Science & Energy, then learn about winemaking at Tennessee Valley Winery, and then sample the fine beverages at Thunder Road Distillery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Knoxville travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Knoxville in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Knoxville are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Tennessee Valley Winery, Norris Dam State Park, American Museum of Science and Energy, Museum of Appalachia, Thunder Road Distillery
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Norris Dam State Park ©
Norris Dam State Park
Museum of Appalachia ©
Museum of Appalachia
American Museum of Science and Energy ©