9 days in Gatlinburg & Townsend Itinerary

9 days in Gatlinburg & Townsend Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
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Townsend
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Gatlinburg

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hillbilly Golf and Gatlinburg Space Needle. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, find something for the whole family at Rowdy Bear Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Parking.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gatlinburg route planning website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Gatlinburg. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Townsend.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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River Rafting & Tubing
Hillbilly Golf ©
Hillbilly Golf
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Townsend

Townsend ©

Peaceful Side of the Smokies

The quietest of the three main entrances to the World Heritage-listed national park encompassing part of the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend is a low-key town.
You've now added Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at ABR's Visitor & Education Center, then get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing, then get in on the family fun at Tube Junction, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Meigs Falls, contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School, then look for gifts at Jeepism, and finally take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Townsend online route maker.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Townsend in an hour. In July in Townsend, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Townsend

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns
Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing ©
Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing

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