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We're coming to the smoky mountains on a quick whistle stop tour from the UK... how many days would you recommend staying in the area? Also what is there to do within the park? We're up for the odd quick walk(s) but don't have the time for hiking, nor the equipment...

What/where is the best places to visit within the national park and the best place to stay. We're currently looking at Cherokee and Gatlinburg??

Thanks :)

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Gatlinburg sounds perfect for you! It's the main gateway community to the park and convenient to everything. Lots of shopping, dining, and some very unique attractions will give you plenty to do when you aren't exploring the park. Two scenic drives (short walks included) I highly recommend for first time visitors are Cades Cove and the Roaring Fork Nature Trail. The Sugarlands Visitors Center is the main hub of the GSM and they will fix you up with all the info you need. Plan on staying at least 4 days.

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Gatlinburg would be the better place to stay. A day trip across the mountain on Newfound Gap road would be a good trip. There are several things to see there and you could also do Cherokee and Maggie valley. In Maggie valley if you are into old moto bikes check out wheels through time museum. Google them.

On the Gatlinburg side the above references are good and there is plenty to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the evenings.

Have fun

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Take a look at the Great Smoky Mountains forum, Tennessee, which has lots more info about the park. This is the North Carolina forum which is less used. Also the Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge forums have great info on the park and surrounding areas. We like to stay in Gatlinburg and visit the park during the day and the shops, bars and restaurants in Gatlinburg & PF during the evenings. You don't need hiking equipment to do some of the shorter waterfall hikes and trails in the park. Just a pair of old tennis shoes will work. Cades Cove is a must do which is a driving tour with places to get out and see the old homesteads and find out about the history of the area. Roaring Fork is similar but a more mountain road to drive. Stop at the visitors center in the park, not the ones in town to get the park brochures so you will know what you are seeing on your drive thru. There are quiet walkaways, streams, viewing points (Clingmans dome is a good one on a clear day.) I agree at least 3 or 4 days to really see much. We usually stay a week and still don't see and do everything. If you have time you can do a short section of the Blue Ridge Parkway too.

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Excellent, thanks. I'll check out the forums.

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