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Itineraries from the Inn


With so many fun and exciting things to do in East Tennessee and the Cumberland Gap region, here are some ideas on what your stay may look like, based on the length of your stay (all distances shown are from Cumberland Gap):


One Day (Staying Local):

Two Days (Greater Knoxville area):

Enjoy all the activities from the One Day itinerary, and also choose from the following on Day 2:

Three Days (History and Nature):

Enjoy all the activities from the Day 1 and 2 itineraries, and also choose from the following on Day 3:

  • Visit Sevierville/Pigeon Forge (82 miles): The entertainment hub of East Tennessee, with a wide variety of family-friendly activities…  Dollywood, dinner shows, fun museums, Go-Kart racing… and much more! 

  • Keep driving down the Parkway to Gatlinburg (95 miles):  The gateway to the Smoky Mountains!  Great restaurants, museums, arts and crafts, and more… 

  • Drive through the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park (114 miles)…  Stop at the Newfound Gap overlook; hike up to Clingman’s Dome (Tennessee’s highest mountain!); and visit historic Cade’s Cove.  And if you have the time, drive through the park into Cherokee, North Carolina and visit Oconaluftee Indian Village to learn about Native American history and life (137 miles).

Five Days (Two-State Explorer):

Enjoy all the activities from the Three Day itinerary, and also choose from the following on Days 4 and 5:

Option 1:

  • Portal 31 Mine Tour – Lynch, KY (68 miles): Explore the history of Kentucky coal mining with a tour of a former mine (reservations required; cash only). 

  • On the way back, take a lunch break at The Portal pizza restaurant in Harlan, KY (45 miles)…  Or visit the mountaintop restaurant at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park (16 miles) for a meal with a scenic view.

Option 2:

  • Big South Fork Scenic Railroad – Stearns, KY (77 miles): Take a trip back in time on this steam train ride!  Enjoy the beautiful Kentucky countryside (extended trip schedule during the fall color season) on your way to a historic mining camp (optional mine tour and miner’s lunch available).  Check out the website for schedules and pricing. 

Option 3:

  • Take a scenic drive towards Morristown, TN and visit the historic Crockett Tavern Museum (45 miles).  

  • Continue on to Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee (110 miles).

  • Keep driving east to Bristol, the city that is in two states (117 miles) and visit the birthplace of country music and the famed Bristol Motor Speedway.

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