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

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

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

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

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Titanic Museum Attraction. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): find something for the whole family at The Island in Pigeon Forge, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and then examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, try out the rides at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, then find something for the whole family at Dollywood, and finally do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Pigeon Forge. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

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Dollywood ©
Dollywood
The Island in Pigeon Forge ©
The Island in Pigeon Forge
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Little River Road. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, then trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove, cruise along Little River Road, and then take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park sightseeing planner .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a short distance from Pigeon Forge. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Apple Annie's, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, and other attractions. Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Biltmore in Asheville--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, stroll around Freenotes Harmony Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gatlinburg journey planner .

Gatlinburg is very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In October, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

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Pigeon Forge, Mount LeConte, Biltmore, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
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Blue Ridge Pkwy

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