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: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  5 h
1
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
End: New York City

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grovewood Village and Biltmore. Attractions like Laurel Falls and Rowdy Bear Mountain make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Asheville to see Colin's Creatures about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and do a tasting at Gatlinburg Wine Cellar.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg online road trip planner.

New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Gatlinburg to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville
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Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Townsend Wye. Let the collections at Bush's Beans Visitor Center and Alcatraz East Crime Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, get to know the fascinating history of Old Forge Distillery, find something for the whole family at Arcade City, and make a splash at Outdoor Gravity Park.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge visit planner.

Pigeon Forge is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. In May, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Bush's Beans Visitor Center, Townsend Wye
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Zipline
Bush's Beans Visitor Center ©
Bush's Beans Visitor Center
Old Forge Distillery ©
Old Forge Distillery

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