Most people make the trip to Gatlinburg via automobile or motorcycle. Know that traffic can back up during tourist season (spring - late summer). The time required to drive from the main Interstate to downtown Gatlinburg during the low season is about half an hour. But, one can expect that same trip to require up to three hours during the high season.
Coming from the east, especially out of North Carolina, and the trip can bring you along winding mountain roads and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Many motorcyclists arrive from nearby Deals Gap, slaying the Tail of the Dragon, a road (Highway 73) featuring 318 curves along 11 miles of scenic mountain beauty!
Whatever route you take, expect it to be awesome.
Here are some driving times and basic directions/routes from major cities along the east coast to Gatlinburg TN...
About 4 hours and 200 miles when driving US-23 North to US-441 North.
About 4 hours, twenty minutes and 220 miles when driving US-23 North only.
About 3 hours, thirty minutes and 222 miles when driving I-40.
About 4 hours, forty minutes and 241 miles when driving US-70 East to I-40 East.
About 4 hours, 40 minutes and 252 miles when driving I-75 South to I-40 East.
About 3 hours, 30 minutes and 200 miles when driving I-40 West.
About 3 hours, 40 minutes and 210 miles when driving US-321 and I-40 West.
About 4 hours, 30 minutes and 290 miles when driving I-64 East and I-75 South.
About 5 hours, 20 minutes and 300 miles when driving I-64 East, I-75 South, and US-25 East South.
About 5 hours, 20 minutes and 280 miles when driving US-27 South.
When you finally arrive in downtown Gatlinburg, you'll likely be driving along the main strip, also known as the Parkway. Be prepared for congestion!
No experience in the Smoky Mountains should be without a few nights stay in a cabin. And, Gatlinburg has plenty of them. Select from a variety of sizes, amenities and locations. Find a cozy, rustic, or luxury cabin rental in Gatlinburg here.
There are thousands of hotel and motel rooms in Gatlinburg. Problem is they all fill up fast. Book early for the best rooms and locations. From in-town and off the street to budget and semi luxury. Select a room with a fireplace or creek-side balcony.
Finding food is as simple as walking down town. Plenty of restaurants line Gatlinburg's main strip. Eat BBQ, steak, Italian, Mexican, and more. Check out the coffee shops, deli's and breweries. Family dining in our Southern restaurants.
A walk around the main strip in town will probably be your first introduction to this unique mountain village. After that, the sky is the limit. Gatlinburg offers so many things to do. Hike the Smokies, visit a brewery, shop the galleries and malls... dining, arts and crafts, picnics...
From Ripley's museums, a mountain coaster, and hillbilly golf to Ober Gatlinburg, the space needle, and zip lines. Gatlinburg has it all! If playing is your thing, you won't be disappointed. So, grab your family, grab your plastic, and get ready to have some fun, fun, fun!
Looking for that romantic wedding in an enchanted forest? You've come to the right place. Gatlinburg has several wedding chapels, and a number of honeymoon cabins. Sky lift, Chapel at the Park, Space Needle, Creek Bridge, and Gazebo are all Gatlinburg wedding options.