8 days in Myrtle Beach, Chattanooga & Gatlinburg Itinerary

8 days in Myrtle Beach, Chattanooga & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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8 days in Myrtle Beach, Chattanooga & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: Columbia
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Columbia

2
nights
Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach ©
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Step out of Myrtle Beach with an excursion to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Broadway at the Beach, make a trip to Barefoot Landing, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, and look for gifts at Palmetto Distillery.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Myrtle Beach day trip planner .

Columbia to Myrtle Beach is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Columbia to Myrtle Beach, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Myrtle Beach are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Brookgreen Gardens, Barefoot Landing
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Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach ©
Broadway at the Beach ©
Broadway at the Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, then take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited and then take in panoramic vistas at Ruby Falls.

Before you visit Chattanooga, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Myrtle Beach to Chattanooga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Ocoee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium

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.
Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Hartford to see River Rafting & Tubing about 42 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Mon) at Dollywood. There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Mount LeConte, River Rafting & Tubing, Dollywood
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©

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