8 days in Nashville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gatlinburg Itinerary

8 days in Nashville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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Nashville
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Nashville

— 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville vacation planner.

Austin to Nashville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Austin in October, with highs in Nashville at 75°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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 30th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Roaring Fork, then stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. You'll set off for Gatlinburg on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

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.
Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Helicopter Tours in Sevierville--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Dollywood, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and stop by Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online trip planner.

Gatlinburg is just a short distance from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in November, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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