Great Smoky Mountains National Park self-driving tour

Great Smoky Mountains National Park self-driving tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: from 1 hour to 2 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Explore the Great Smoky Mountains, America's most-visited National Park
  • Hear the Cherokee legends of the celestial dog who created the Milky Way
  • Tap into the history of Appalachia at a 19th century grist mill nestled on the banks of a picturesque creek
  • Go on a self-guided adventure and discover what makes the mountains a must-see destination
What to expect

Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park and discover why it's the most visited National Park in the country! Buckle up and prepare for a deep dive into the most famous stretch of the Appalachians. As you drive through these scenic mountains, you'll hear all about parts of Cherokee history you've never heard before, like the ancient Cherokee monarchy and the revolutionaries who fought against it!

You'll also get to hear detailed accounts of Cherokee ancestral legends about these mountains, from the great buzzard who shaped the Smoky Mountains from clay to the witch whose droplets of blood bloom into stalks of corn. The Great Smoky Mountains are so vast that it can be tricky to find all the best spots. The local operator will point you to all the most breathtaking, awe-inspiring sights in the park. Witness the majesty of Rainbow Falls, the 360-degree views atop Clingmans Dome, and the deep-rooted history of the Ely's Mill. The flexible route allows you to take all the time you need to admire the timeless wonders of the mountains.

Admire the complex flora and fauna which call these mountains home. Get to know the creatures of Cades Cove and learn how wildfires form an integral part of this vast, interconnected ecosystem. As you drive, audio stories will automatically pop up and start playing, allowing you to keep your attention on the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Self-guided tour taken via the local operator app
    • Unique password (sent by email/text) for access to the app
    • Live GPS map on your phone
    • Audio narration
    • Text explanations
    • List of the entire route from stop to stop
    What's not included
    • Live tour guide
    • Entrance tickets to paid attractions
    • Vehicle rentals
    • Food and drinks
    • Parking

    Meeting point:

    The tour begins at Oconaluftee Visitor Center Parking C (1194 Newfound Gap Rd, Charleston, NC 28719, USA) OR Gatlinburg Convention Center (234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA). Please Note: Tours work in both ways. You can start the tour at Gatlinburg and end at Cherokee or vice versa.

    What to remember
    • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you
    • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
    • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the local operator app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
    • The app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one
    • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms

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    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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