8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Valdosta
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Valdosta

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Chimneys Picnic Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Hartford) and Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg route planning website .

Valdosta to Gatlinburg is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Valdosta in July, you will find days in Gatlinburg are slightly colder (87°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hartford
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area

3
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dollywood. Kids will enjoy The Escape Game Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove & Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy, take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Pigeon Forge is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In July in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville
Highlights from your plan
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

1
night
Ocoee

Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ocoee visit planner .

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Ocoee in 2.5 hours. July in Ocoee sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ocoee

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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