8 days in Gatlinburg, Kentucky & Cleveland Itinerary

8 days in Gatlinburg, Kentucky & Cleveland Itinerary

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8 days in Gatlinburg, Kentucky & Cleveland Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Louisville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lexington
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h
5
Cleveland
— 2 nights
End: Cleveland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, and then get in on the family fun at Dollywood.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg road trip site .

Cleveland to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Cleveland in March, expect Gatlinburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 60°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Mount LeConte
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

1
night
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): hike along Cedar Sink Trail, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

1
night
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 2nd (Tue), examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, then get your game on at Bluegrass Karting & Events, and finally explore and take pictures at Louisville Mega Cavern.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Louisville online tour builder .

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Louisville are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
The Big Four Bridge ©
The Big Four Bridge

1
night
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, examine the collection at Aviation Museum of Kentucky, and then catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland.

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Drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Lexington sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Lexington

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Highlights from your plan
Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm ©
Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Aviation Museum of Kentucky ©
Aviation Museum of Kentucky

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nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 4th (Thu), examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then try your luck at JACK Cleveland Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky River Reservation, enjoy some friendly competition at Bay Lanes Bowling, and then stroll through Cleveland Metroparks.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cleveland trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lexington to Cleveland in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lexington in April: high temperatures in Cleveland hover around 57°F and lows are around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Bay Lanes Bowling
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling

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