Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Trip

From US$ 10 per person

Dive deep into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's rich past and present on this narrated tour. Hear fascinating accounts of Cherokee history and ancestral legends and find the park’s most vibrant natural wonders as you drive through the area.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Valid 365 days
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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Great Smoky Mountains, America’s most visited national park
  • Hear about Cherokee legends, the celestial dog who created the Milky Way and the buzzard who shaped the Smoky Mountains with the tip of his wing
  • Visit a 19th century grist mill nestled on the banks of a picturesque creek
  • Admire panoramic views of the mountains, see stunning skylines from Webb View and Morton Overlook viewpoints
  • Use an easy app as your map and to hear fantastic audio stories
Full description
Explore the 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. Enjoy a flexible route that allows you to take all the time you need to admire the timeless wonders of the mountains. Drive through the scenic mountains and hear all about parts of Cherokee history, like the ancient Cherokee monarchy and the revolutionaries who fought against it. Get detailed accounts of Cherokee ancestral legends, from the great buzzard who shaped the Smoky Mountains from clay to the witch whose droplets of blood bloom into stalks of corn. Experience animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Be pointed towards some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the park. Gaze at the majestic Rainbow Falls, the breath-taking 360-degree views atop Clingmans Dome, and hear about the deep-rooted history of the Elys Mill. Learn about the complex flora and fauna which call the mountains home. Get to know the creatures of Cades Cove and learn how wildfires form an integral part of the vast and 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.
Includes
  • Self-guided tour taken via an app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access to the app
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Start your self-guided tour at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Parking C. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone
  • * Your own vehicle
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The tour app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one.
  • 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 app needed to take the tour and a unique password to access the tour within the app.
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists.
  • 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.
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Loved the stories and history lessons during this audio tour and we got a much greater understanding about the Great Smokey Mountains. I wished that it covered more than the main highway and the Roaring Falls road. Something about Cades Cove would be nice. Overall, I thought it was well worth the $10.00 charge.

September 8, 2021

I’m a little bit on the fence about having to drive all the way up to the visiting center just to come back the same way for the tour. By the time we got to Gatlinburg the place was a zoo. I will say that the commentator was a pleasure to listen to and overall well versed. It did take a little while to adjust our speed and keep in rhythm with him so tell everybody in the car to be patient. Overall it was enjoyable.

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