Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary 2 Days

Things to See in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2 days

If you are looking for the best things to see in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2 days, these are the attractions you must include in your Great Smoky Mountains National Park itinerary for 2 days. Explore further to plan a perfect trip of 2 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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  • Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time and have 2 days in hand
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  • Backpacker planning to spend 48 hours in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Want to create Great Smoky Mountains National Park itinerary on your own
  • Planning weekend vacation of 2 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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2 Days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Showcasing a lovely amalgamation of nature and culture, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in America awaits for all nature lovers to visit it at least once. Encompassing a sprawling land of 521,000 acres, this park occupies parts of two states, namely North Carolina and Tennessee. At every turn of the national park, you will be greeted by breathtaking views. Cascading waterfalls, dense pine forests, and magnificent mountains make for a postcard perfect picture. The park offers plenty of opportunities to indulge in many recreational activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and fly-fishing. Being spread far and wide, 48 hours in Great Smoky Mountains National Park would honestly fall short to explore it's every nook and corner. Yet, many people head towards this lovely retreat over a weekend to step into nature's wilderness. Let us take a look at how you can make the most of your 2 days in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

How to Spend 2 Days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Day 1 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

A thumb rule to follow for exploring the Smoky Mountains is to start off as early as possible in the morning. By doing so, you will be able to escape the crowds that pour in the park during the daytime.

Start your day by first visiting the Oconaluftee visitor centre. While you can pick up maps and informative pamphlets at this centre, it also displays artefacts that let you know about the Cherokee settlement in the mountains. A short walk from the visitor's centre will lead you towards the Mountain Farm Museum. Arrive here and you will be transported back to around 100 years. Through the collection of ancient buildings such as a barn, blacksmith shop, a cabin, and a springhouse, you get an insight into the historic life of settlers. If you are lucky enough, you may come across a herd of elk grazing in the nearby field. You can also visit the Mingus Mill which lies a couple of miles away from the Oconaluftee visitor centre. This is a historic turbine-powered gristmill.

You can then drive along the Newfound Gap Road which is stretched for 33 miles between Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Cherokee, North Carolina. As you drive along the scenic road, you will be greeted by panoramic vistas. There are many spots along the drive where you can stop, relax, have lunch, and take in the picturesque views.

A day in Great Smoky Mountains National Park should be ended while watching the sunset over the horizons. What better place to watch a lovely sunset than the highest peak in the Smoky Mountains. Standing tall at a height of 6,642 feet, the Clingmans Dome is your best bet to enjoy the picturesque sunset.

Day 2 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Start off your second day in Great Smoky Mountains National Park by driving along another scenic road called the Cades Cove loop. Stretched over 11 miles, at every stop along this road, you will witness historic remnants of the old settlement that considered Cades Cove their home. There are many pioneer buildings including historic churches along the loop that is worth stopping by. The drive is packed with panoramic vistas, proving to be a treat for the eyes.

After a quick lunch in the picnic area of Cades Cove head towards the Laurels Fall. This cascading waterfall will leave you impressed. To reach the waterfall, you will have to hike along a paved trail stretched for 2.6 miles.

As the sun starts leaning towards the West, ride towards the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Add the mentioned attractions to your Great Smoky Mountains National Park itinerary of 2 days and you would return home with a content heart.

Tours and Activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 2 Days

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With Less Days in Hand

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With More Days in Hand

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