Route & dates
8 days in Pigeon Forge & Chattanooga Itinerary
Start: New York City
bus + Fly: 4h 45min
Pigeon Forge— 3 nights
Drive: 2h 45min
Chattanooga— 4 nights
Fly: 4h 30min
End: New York City
Center of Fun in the Smokies
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.Step off the beaten path and head to The Track and Island Mirror Maze. Family-friendly places like Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park and Rafting in the Smokies will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, try for a hole-in-one at Hillbilly Golf, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and get interesting insight from Foxfire Mountain Adventures.
For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge day trip planning website .
New York City to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pigeon Forge, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.
Things to do in Pigeon Forge
Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Rafting in the Smokies, Foxfire Mountain Adventures
Dynamo of Dixie
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.You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Creative Discovery Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Raft One (in Ducktown) and Rolling Thunder River Company (in McCaysville). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, find something for the whole family at Sir Goony's Family Fun Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lula Lake & Land Trust.
To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga travel route planner .
You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Chattanooga in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Chattanooga
Raft One, Lula Lake & Land Trust, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Rolling Thunder River Company