9 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

9 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Pigeon Forge
Drive:  30 min
1
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
End: Pigeon Forge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): trek along Grotto Falls Parking and then explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls and then hike along Alum Cave Trail.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online itinerary planner.

Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately half hour car ride. December in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, admire the sheer force of Baskins Creek Falls, putt your heart out at Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf, and have some family-friendly fun at Gatlin's.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg route planner.

Gatlinburg is very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. December in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Baskins Creek Falls
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Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf ©
Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Baskins Creek Falls ©
Baskins Creek Falls

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pigeon Forge: Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville), Hot Springs Tour Co. (in Hot Springs) and The Lost Sea Adventure (in Sweetwater). The adventure continues: cool off at Dollywood, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, explore the activities along Fontana Lake, and get your game on at Island Mirror Maze.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge online vacation planner.

Pigeon Forge is very close to Gatlinburg. December in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Wildlife Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing, Forbidden Caverns, Hot Springs Tour Co., The Lost Sea Adventure, Fontana Lake
Highlights from your plan
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge
Four Sisters Old Time Photo ©
Four Sisters Old Time Photo

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