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

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

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

Start: Pigeon Forge
1
Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Pigeon Forge

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.
Attractions like Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Zipline make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Pigeon Forge: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Mount LeConte, The Sinks, & more). Pack the 13th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at The Island in Pigeon Forge. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, and cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary website .

May in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

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Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
The Island in Pigeon Forge ©
The Island in Pigeon Forge

3
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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.
Cades Cove has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and then appreciate the views at Cades Cove. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Cataract Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

Before you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls
Cataract Falls ©
Cataract Falls

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