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Free Great Smoky Mountains Trip Planner

Download our free stunning Great Smoky Trip Planner filled with an inspiring itinerary, gorgeous photographs, a park map and everything you need to plan your dream vacation in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sign up for this digital insider’s guide today to get tips on how to get there, what to do and where to stay.

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Tennessee Stops on the Way

Explore Tennessee music, food and attractions plus every kind of lodging from Dollywood resorts to cozy cabins on your way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Sevierville, Tennessee - A place you know that still surprises you with every visit. Theme parks and national parks. Big adventure, hidden gems, great deals, great times and plenty of elbow room. Even an authentic downtown.
  • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - This little mountain town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is a year-round family-friendly vacation destination. Pigeon Forge is filled with fun activities from thrilling attractions and award-winning shows to countless options for dining, shopping and lodging.
  • Bush Visitor Center - Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, the visitor center is where you can learn all about Bush company history, beans and how they’ve spent the last 110 years spreading that good bean word.
  • Polk County, Tennessee - Known as Ocoee Country after its namesake river and lake, you’ll find exhilarating whitewater rafting, fishing and snorkeling out on the water. Then relax in our small towns with old-fashioned Southern hospitality.
  • Athens, Tennessee - Cradled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Athens offers a southern hospitality spurring the reputation of the “The Friendly City.”
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee - With stunning views of the Smoky Mountains, Douglas and Cherokee Lakes, you won’t want to miss some of the favorite lakeside cabins, B&B’s and RV resorts that are perfect for a summer lake vacation.

North Carolina Stops on the Way

Scenic drives, an historic train, Native American culture and rafting, kayaking and tubing await.

  • Franklin & Nantahla North Carolina - The foothills of the Great Smokies offer a never-ending supply of things to do. Whether you're looking to get away to the pristine waters of Nantahala Lake, or for a small town adventure with world class entertainment, you're sure to find something for the whole family.
  • McDowell County Tourism Authority - From breathtaking waterfalls to world-famous trout and cute mountain towns, you won’t want to miss the communities of Little Switzerland, Old Fort and Marion, North Carolina along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Virginia Stops on the Way

Views that go on for miles, historic sites and scenic drives through Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Delaware North at Shenandoah - Stay at a lodge, cabin or campground, and dine at Skyland and Big Meadows inside Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Tour Guides and Tour Apps

Don't miss a thing by following an expert - a literal "Great Smoky Travel Guide."
  • GuideAlong Great Smoky Mountains Driving Tour App - Listen to an expert tour guide automatically play interesting and entertaining commentary as you go.

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