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Driving through the Smokies

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Driving through the Smokies


My husband and I are visiting the Smokies next week and we are wondering what kind of car we should rent or does it even matter? Should we rent an SUV to get around in the mountains better or are the roads too narrow for this? Should we rent a smaller car instead?


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1. Re: Driving through the Smokies

I drive a very small 4 cylinder car, and go anywhere I want in the GSMNP. You do not need a SUV or any other special vehicle. In fact, a SUV would just ues more gas.

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2. Re: Driving through the Smokies

I'd recommend the smaller vehicle also. We need to learn to travel lighter so we could downsize as well. Takes me almost 36- 40 gallons of gasoline to make the trip the the GSMNP. Calculated with a Prius, it would take 5-7 gallons.

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3. Re: Driving through the Smokies

only if you plan on traveling any of the park's dirt roads... but i agree with these guys... otherwise a smaller car is easier with the narrow, windy roads.

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4. Re: Driving through the Smokies

rent a motorcycle!

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5. Re: Driving through the Smokies

There are a lot of windy dirt roads, but my 4 cylinder did just fine. We did a ton of driving during our one week visit, so a smaller car might help the gas bill.

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6. Re: Driving through the Smokies

I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, only because I'm a large frame guy (6ft-2in, 275 lbs) A smaller framed car with four cylinders just wouldn't get the job done. Not only that, but a smaller car just wouldn't fit everything we had to pack. Outside of that,a smaller size car would fit the bill for fine anywhere in the park.


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7. Re: Driving through the Smokies

Only place a car may be a problem is in the Greenbriar entrance to the park due to the road being gravel but when we went it had alot of pot holes but we managed to get through it in a little Chevy HHR.

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