8 days in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

8 days in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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8 days in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Drive:  2​h
1
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Franklin

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Appreciate the collections at New Morning Gallery and Old Jail Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mountain Farm Museum and Fields of the Wood. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel (in Walhalla), Smoky Mountain Trains Museum (in Bryson City) and Crane Creek Vineyards (in Young Harris).

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planning tool .

Asheville to Gatlinburg is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In October, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

New Morning Gallery, Fields of the Wood, Crane Creek Vineyards, Mountain Farm Museum, Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel
Highlights from your plan
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Crane Creek Vineyards ©
Crane Creek Vineyards

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Appalachia and Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Get some cultural insight at Mountain Valley Winery and Eagle Springs Winery. Explore Pigeon Forge's surroundings by going to Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (in Greeneville) and American Museum of Science and Energy (in Oak Ridge). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Forge Distillery, and look for gifts at Christmas Place.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge route planner.

Pigeon Forge is very close to Gatlinburg. In October in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sevierville, American Museum of Science and Energy, Museum of Appalachia, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
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Museum of Appalachia ©
Museum of Appalachia
Alcatraz East Crime Museum ©
Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site ©

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