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Knoxville to Atlanta plus the Smoky Mountains and Chattahoochee Natl. Forest (Self Drive)

12 to 18+ Nights from $2,589*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 9/11/2024. Choose your own arrival dates.

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This 12 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Rental Car for 13 days
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Knoxville
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Gatlinburg
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Chattahoochee National Forest
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Lake Lanier
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Atlanta
  • Driving Time
    Knoxville - Gatlinburg: 1 hr. 10 mins. approx.
    Gatlinburg - Chattahoochee National Forest: 3 hrs. 20 mins approx.
    Chattahoochee National Forest - Lake Lanier: 2 hrs. 10 mins approx.
    Lake Lanier - Atlanta: 1 hr. 10 mins. approx.

With this Self-Drive Package venture through Tennessee and Georgia, discovering their main natural attractions. Pick up your car and head to Knoxville (a historic city, home of monuments and historic plaques honoring notable residents, including John Pemberton, who developed the formula for Coca-Cola). Then, drive up to the fantastic Smoky Mountains area, until to get to Gatlinburg (Great Smoky Mountains most popular gateway resort town and basecamp for outdoor activities around the mountains park). After that, combine a visit to Chattahoochee National Forest and Lake Lanier; both great places for picnics, excursions, walking trails, or amazing photos. Finally have a pleasant stay in Atlanta (with its diverse musical heritage and southern hospitality), before returning home. Entrance to national parks is not included. Plan your visit according to your schedule and be sure to check each park's operating hours. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Flexible Itinerary

  • Knoxville, TN

  • Gatlinburg, TN

  • Chattahoochee Natl Forest, GA

  • Lake Lanier, GA

  • Atlanta, GA

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Trip Summary

  • Knoxville, TN

    Knoxville is the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, so you are only a brief road trip away from all the Smoky Mountains have to offer. The city offers a wide range of activities including live music, outdoor adventure, shopping, restaurants, festivals, and museums. The Museum of East Tennessee History has interactive exhibits plus regional art, textiles and Civil War artifacts. This is also one of the top producers of television programming in the country, with companies like Discovery (National Operations HQ), Jupiter Entertainment, Rivr Media, NorthSouth Productions, Lusid Media and more calling Knoxville home. No matter how you enjoy this hidden jewel, you can be sure of one thing: Knoxville will surprise you.

    Explore The Ijams Nature Center, the Zoo Knoxville, the Sunsphere, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Little River, the World`s Fair Park, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Market Square, the Women`s Basketball Hall of Fame and so much more!

  • Gatlinburg, TN

    The quaint, resort-like village of Gatlinburg is nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee and it is known for its beautiful scenery, great shopping, as well as its colorful history. The city borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where people are welcome to explore the park`s numerous offerings. Within a short walk, you’ll find a world-class aquarium, mini golf and mountain coasters, museums and arcades, and countless other attractions for kids and adults alike, right on the Parkway. Or you can admire the picturesque view over the trees in gondolas, chair lifts and aerial tram cars to discover mountaintop family adventures. With so many great family fun attractions, there's no place quite like Gatlinburg, Tennessee!

    Explore The Ober Gatlinburg, the Ripley`s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the Anakeesta, the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, the Ripley`s Believe Ir on Not, the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster and so much more!

  • Chattahoochee Natl Forest, GA

    The Chattahoochee National Forest is found in the North Georgia Mountains. It covers 749,689 acres, managed by six ranger districts. Along with a wealth of outdoor activities, here visitors can also enjoy the mountains anytime of the year. The Chattahoochee National Forest is composed of an eastern and western forest. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests have 37 developed recreation areas, 500 developed campsites, 200 picnic sites, 6 swim beaches and 530 miles of trails.

    Explore The North Georgia Mountains, the Amicalola Falls State Park, the Tallulah Gorge State Park, the Anna Ruby Falls, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, the Brasstown Bald, the Vogel State Park, the Springer Mountain, the Fort Mountain State Park, the Black Rock Mountain State Park, the Blood Mountain, the Chatuge Lake and so much more!

  • Lake Lanier, GA

    Nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains lies Lake Lanier, one of America`s favorite lakes. Visitors can spend some quality time in one of the Lake`s towns: Cumming, Gainesville, Buford, and Flowery Branch. Over 10 million people visit the lake annually and it is best known for its recreational opportunities. Lake Lanier has 76 recreational areas, including 40 Corps-operated parks and campgrounds, 10 marinas, and Lake Lanier Islands. The lake is popular with boaters, houseboats, jet skiers and others, particularly around the summer holidays.

    Explore The Lake Lanier Islands, the Magical Nights of Lights: Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, the Sawnee Mountain, the Atlanta Botanical Garden GAINESVILLE, the Buford Highway Northeast, the Don Carter State Park, the Bogan Park Community Recreation and Aquatic, the Jaemor Farms and so much more!

  • Atlanta, GA

    Atlanta played an important part in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta History Center chronicles the city`s past, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is dedicated to the African-American leader`s life and times. The Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Olympics, features the massive Georgia Aquarium.

    Visit the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site,The Fox Theatre, Piedmont Park, Atlanta History Center, High Museum of Art, and more.

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