8 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ocoee & Chattanooga Itinerary

8 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ocoee & Chattanooga Itinerary

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8 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ocoee & Chattanooga Itinerary

Start: Michigan City
Drive:  8​h 15​min
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Ocoee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Michigan City

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grotto Falls Trail, Sugarland Riding Stables and Clingmans Dome. Escape the urban bustle at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area and Little River Road. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Charlies Bunion and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades, tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and don't miss a visit to Elkmont Ghost Town.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip planning website .

Michigan City to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Michigan City to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Michigan City in July, expect Great Smoky Mountains National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grotto Falls Trail ©
Grotto Falls Trail
Charlies Bunion ©
Charlies Bunion
Little River Road ©
Little River Road

2
nights
Ocoee

Ocoee ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cascade Outdoors. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with Cascade Outdoors. On your second day here, explore the activities along Adventures Unlimited and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ocoee online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Ocoee. In July in Ocoee, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Ocoee

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Benton Falls Hike, Savannah Oaks Winery
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Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Cascade Outdoors ©
Cascade Outdoors
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Chattanooga

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pints and Pedals, Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding and Ruby Falls. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get a taste of local nightlife at Pints and Pedals, take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, fly like a bird with Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, then take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, then hike along Tennessee Riverpark, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chattanooga trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Ocoee to Chattanooga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Tennessee Riverpark ©
Tennessee Riverpark

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