8 days in Atlanta, Knoxville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

8 days in Atlanta, Knoxville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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8 days in Atlanta, Knoxville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  6​h
1
Atlanta
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Knoxville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Gatlinburg
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Atlanta
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, SKYVIEW Atlanta, and other attractions. Take a break from Atlanta with a short trip to Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Atlanta attractions planning tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Atlanta is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Juan in December: high temperatures in Atlanta hover around 17°C and lows are around 6°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Stone Mountain Park
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Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
Stone Mountain Park ©
Stone Mountain Park
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola

3
nights
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes West Town Mall. Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Old Tennessee Distilling, browse the eclectic array of goods at Great Smokies Flea Market, stop by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, then do a tasting at Blue Slip Winery, then steep yourself in history at Historic Southern Railway Station, and finally go for a walk through Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley).

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Knoxville road trip tool .

You can fly from Atlanta to Knoxville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in December: high temperatures in Knoxville hover around 13°C and lows are around 2°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kodak, Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, Antique Outlet Mall, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Bald River Falls
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Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World ©
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

1
night
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gatlinburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Knoxville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
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Fowler's Clay Works ©
Fowler's Clay Works
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park ©
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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hours
Atlanta

Atlanta
To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Atlanta road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Atlanta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In January, Atlanta is somewhat warmer than Gatlinburg - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. On the 1st (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Outdoors Nightlife
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