8 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Chattanooga Itinerary

8 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Chattanooga Itinerary

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8 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Chattanooga Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Denver

4
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.
You've now added Cades Cove to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, cruise along Little River Road, admire all the interesting features of Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, and hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder .

Denver to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Denver to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in October, with highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 74°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Chattanooga to Ocoee to see River Rafting & Tubing about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, Head underground at Ruby Falls, take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Wayne-O-Rama.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chattanooga online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Chattanooga takes 5.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Rock City
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain

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