9 days in Kentucky, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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Fly
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): trek along Cedar Sink Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Green River, then explore the activities along Echo River, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Chicago to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

3
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Gatlinburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

3
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Pigeon Forge

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dollywood and Parrot Mountain & Gardens. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge, get your game on at Four Bandits Old Time Photo, do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge driving holiday planner.

Pigeon Forge is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. June in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.