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Places to Visit After Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the most-visited national parks in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is situated perfectly to continue your journey. Both North Carolina and Tennessee have much to offer and there are plenty of nearby attractions you won’t want to miss!

Cherokee, North Carolina – Visiting Cherokee is a great option for lodging before, during, or after your visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A small town with a rich history, you’ll love exploring the Native American artifacts, viewing native elk herds, fishing, hiking, and more.

Asheville, North Carolina – Located in the heart of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is only an hour outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Head here for a dynamic arts scene and a dose of history. 

Nashville, Tennessee – The capital of Tennessee is only 3.5 hours outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nashville is renowned throughout the world for its vibrant country music scene, Vanderbilt University, and historic importance.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee – Just a 5 minute drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is the best place for a visit on your way to or from the park. There are ample lodging opportunities here if you choose to use Gatlinburg as a home base while you explore the park.

Knoxville, Tennessee – Under an hour away from the Great Smokies, Knoxville is a fun city with lots of restaurants, shops, museums, and historic architecture. Enjoy learning a bit about the Revolutionary War in this significant city.

Chattanooga, Tennessee –  Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga offers stunning natural views of waterfalls, mountains, gardens, and more. The site of an important Civil War Battle, Chattanoonga makes for a great next stop after your visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park!