8 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

8 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Omaha
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Omaha

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 16th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Radnor Lake State Park and then contemplate the long history of Bowen Plantation House. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then engage your brain at Adventure Science Center, and then steep yourself in history at Downtown Presbyterian Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary builder app .

Omaha to Nashville is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Omaha in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Nashville: highs are around 61°F and lows about 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nature Wildlife
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Adventure Science Center ©
Adventure Science Center
The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown) ©
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park

1
night
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 19th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Rockin' Raceway Arcade, find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, then get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg travel route planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof ©
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof
Rockin' Raceway Arcade ©
Rockin' Raceway Arcade

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'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Roaring Fork and Chimneys Picnic Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Clingmans Dome and Collins Creek Picnic Area. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School, stroll through Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, and make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation planner .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very close to Gatlinburg. In March, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Collins Creek Picnic Area
Highlights from your plan
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls
Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area ©
Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

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