Weekend trips from Gatlinburg

  1. Charleston / Atlanta
  2. Birmingham / Memphis
  3. Nashville / Louisville
  4. Charlotte / Hilton Head Island
  5. Pittsburgh / Myrtle Beach

For any of these trips, you could visit just the first or second destination if you want to do less driving and spend more time in the area.

The longest trip is about 28.5 hours of total driving, so you may want to plan to do this over a long weekend.


Trip idea #1: Gatlinburg → Charleston → Atlanta → Gatlinburg


Gatlinburg to Charleston
leave Gatlinburg on Friday
1.5 hours → Waynesville
55 minutes → Hendersonville
51 minutes → Spartanburg
55 minutes → Whitmire
56 minutes → Columbia
1 hour → Santee
1 hour → Middleton Place
25 minutes → Charleston (stay Friday night)
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7.5 hours of driving

Charleston to Atlanta
leave Charleston on Saturday
1 hour → Santee
1.5 hours → Windsor
42 minutes → North Augusta
39 minutes → Thomson
1 hour → Madison
58 minutes → Stone Mountain
28 minutes → Atlanta (stay Saturday night)
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6 hours of driving

Atlanta to Gatlinburg
leave Atlanta on Sunday
49 minutes → Georgia Aquarium
1.5 hours → Dacula
49 minutes → Tallulah Falls
44 minutes → Franklin
1 hour → Cherokee
5 minutes → Gatlinburg (back home)
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5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 18.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #2: Gatlinburg → Birmingham → Memphis → Gatlinburg


Gatlinburg to Birmingham
leave Gatlinburg on Friday
1 hour → Knoxville
45 minutes → Sweetwater
1.5 hours → Brewhaus
1 hour → Ringgold
2 hours → Gadsden
1 hour → Birmingham (stay Friday night)
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7 hours of driving

Birmingham to Memphis
leave Birmingham on Saturday
1 hour → Winfield
54 minutes → Tremont
39 minutes → Tupelo
50 minutes → Ripley
45 minutes → Holly Springs
54 minutes → Graceland
16 minutes → Memphis (stay Saturday night)
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5.5 hours of driving

Memphis to Gatlinburg
leave Memphis on Sunday
1 hour → Lakeland
1.5 hours → Jackson
1.5 hours → Hurricane Mills
1 hour → Grand Ole Opry
1 hour → Gordonsville
2 hours → Crossville
26 minutes → Gatlinburg (back home)
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8.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 21 hours of driving.


Trip idea #3: Gatlinburg → Nashville → Louisville → Gatlinburg


Gatlinburg to Nashville
leave Gatlinburg on Friday
1 hour → Knoxville
38 minutes → Loudon
1 hour → Crossville
40 minutes → Cookeville
35 minutes → Gordonsville
54 minutes → The Hermitage-Home of President Andrew Jackson
20 minutes → Nashville (stay Friday night)
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5.5 hours of driving

Nashville to Louisville
leave Nashville on Saturday
33 minutes → White House
48 minutes → Bowling Green
41 minutes → Mammoth Cave National Park
56 minutes → Elizabethtown
27 minutes → Bardstown
45 minutes → Louisville (stay Saturday night)
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4 hours of driving

Louisville to Gatlinburg
leave Louisville on Sunday
39 minutes → Lexington
49 minutes → Berea
1 hour → London
46 minutes → Pioneer
1 hour → Knoxville
1.5 hours → Gatlinburg (back home)
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6 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 15.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #4: Gatlinburg → Charlotte → Hilton Head Island → Gatlinburg


Gatlinburg to Charlotte
leave Gatlinburg on Friday
52 minutes → Dandridge
1.5 hours → Waynesville
36 minutes → Asheville
32 minutes → Hendersonville
49 minutes → Forest City
44 minutes → Gaffney
55 minutes → U.S. National Whitewater Center
19 minutes → Charlotte (stay Friday night)
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6 hours of driving

Charlotte to Hilton Head Island
leave Charlotte on Saturday
1 hour → Ridgeway
1.5 hours → Santee
1.5 hours → Old Sheldon Church Ruins
43 minutes → Hilton Head Island (stay Saturday night)
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4.5 hours of driving

Hilton Head Island to Gatlinburg
leave Hilton Head Island on Sunday
1.5 hours → Beaufort
1 hour → Saint George
1.5 hours → Columbia
1.5 hours → Spartanburg
1.5 hours → Waynesville
49 minutes → Gatlinburg (back home)
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8 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 18.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #5: Gatlinburg → Pittsburgh → Myrtle Beach → Gatlinburg


Gatlinburg to Pittsburgh
leave Gatlinburg on Friday
2 hours → Johnson City
2 hours → Fort Chiswell
1.5 hours → Beckley
2 hours → Weston
1 hour → Morgantown
1.5 hours → Pittsburgh (stay Friday night)
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9.5 hours of driving

Pittsburgh to Myrtle Beach
leave Pittsburgh on Saturday
1.5 hours → Morgantown
57 minutes → Salem University
2.5 hours → Mountain State Miniature Golf
2 hours → Blue Ridge Parkway
1.5 hours → Greensboro
1.5 hours → Rockingham
1 hour → Latta
1 hour → Myrtle Beach (stay Saturday night)
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11.5 hours of driving

Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg
leave Myrtle Beach on Sunday
1.5 hours → Florence
1.5 hours → Columbia
1.5 hours → Spartanburg
1.5 hours → Waynesville
1.5 hours → Gatlinburg (back home)
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7.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 28.5 hours of driving.



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