8 days in Chattanooga & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

8 days in Chattanooga & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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8 days in Chattanooga & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  23​h
1
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Your list of things to see and do now includes International Towing and Recovery Museum, Challenger STEM Learning Center, Chattanooga Riverwalk, and other attractions. On the 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at International Towing and Recovery Museum, explore the galleries of Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR), then get a variety of perspectives on Chattanooga Ducks, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: gain insight at Challenger STEM Learning Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Rock City Gardens, then explore the engaging exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Chattanooga Riverwalk.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga attractions planner .

Columbus to Chattanooga is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. While traveling from Columbus, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chattanooga, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 68°F. You'll set off for Pigeon Forge on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Chattanooga

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Rock City Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ©
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Chattanooga Ducks ©
Chattanooga Ducks

3
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.
You've added Shoot'em Up Cinema, Gatlinburg SkyLift, Xtreme Racing Center Pigeon Forge, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Escape Game Pigeon Forge and The Coaster at Goats on the Roof. Bring the kids along to Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park and 7D Dark Ride Adventure. Step out of Pigeon Forge to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Clingmans Dome, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, putt your heart out at Hillbilly Golf, and get your game on at Mysterious Mansion.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip builder site .

Getting from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, Townsend
Highlights from your plan
Outdoor Gravity Park ©
Outdoor Gravity Park
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail

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