8 days in Atlanta, Pigeon Forge & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

8 days in Atlanta, Pigeon Forge & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Atlanta, Pigeon Forge & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

2
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Comet Trail, steep yourself in history at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and then wander the streets of Little Five Points.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Atlanta trip builder website .

Houston to Atlanta is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Atlanta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, expect Atlanta to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Atlanta

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Silver Comet Trail
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Centennial Olympic Park ©
Centennial Olympic Park
Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Old Forge Distillery.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Atlanta to Pigeon Forge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pigeon Forge when traveling from Atlanta in September, with lows around 61°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Wineries Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Gatlinburg
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Sugarland Cellars ©
Sugarland Cellars
Old Forge Distillery ©
Old Forge Distillery

3
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.
Visiting Roaring Fork and Clingmans Dome will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: trek along Chimney Tops, take in the dramatic scenery at Abrams Falls Trail, stroll through Rainbow Falls Trail, and appreciate the views at Cades Cove.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. September in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

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