9 days in Columbia & Gatlinburg Itinerary

9 days in Columbia & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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9 days in Columbia & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: Thomaston
Drive:  4​h
1
Columbia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Thomaston

4
nights
Columbia

Columbia ©
A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Step out of Columbia with an excursion to Congaree National Park in Hopkins--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, ponder the world of politics at South Carolina State House, meet the residents at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, and enjoy some diversion at Spirit Communications Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Columbia road trip planning website .

Thomaston to Columbia is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. December in Columbia sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Congaree National Park
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Saluda Shoals Park ©
Saluda Shoals Park
Room Escape Games
Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden ©

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Max Patch (in Hot Springs) and Andrews Bald Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

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Getting from Columbia to Gatlinburg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Columbia in December, with highs in Gatlinburg at 53°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Max Patch
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ©
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

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