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Chicago to Gatlinburg drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets

Chicago to Gatlinburg road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Gatlinburg. If you're planning a road trip to Gatlinburg, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Gatlinburg. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 2 hours

12:14 pm  Triple XXX Family Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:14 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:34 pm  Indianapolis
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:34 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:14 pm  Sellersburg
eat at Joe's Crab Shack
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Sellersburg
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:38 am  Lexington
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:06 pm  London
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:06 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:51 pm  Knoxville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:51 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:54 pm  arrive in Gatlinburg

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Chicago to Gatlinburg.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Chicago, Illinois.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Triple XXX Family Restaurant
Indianapolis  (28 answers)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art  (4 mentions)
    Indianapolis Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Indianapolis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?
        Awesome food trucks?
        Best free things to do in Indianapolis?
        Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis
Sellersburg  (2 answers)
    restaurants around Sellersburg:
        Joe's Crab Shack
Lexington  (28 answers)
    questions about Lexington:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Lexington?
        Best place to stay in Lexington while attending the Rolex 3 day event?
        stays overnight, Lexington, Ky. near highway
Knoxville  (12 answers)
    questions about Knoxville:
        New Years in Knoxville reccomendations

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

What are some things to do in Gatlinburg?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Great Smoky Mountains  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Gatlinburg.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Gatlinburg to Chicago drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Chicago to Gatlinburg. Or get a full Chicago to Gatlinburg flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Chicago well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Chicago!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 581 miles
driving time of 9 hours, 18 minutes
Gatlinburg is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
270 Chicago travel answers
28 Indianapolis travel answers
2 Sellersburg travel answers
28 Lexington travel answers
1 London travel answer
12 Knoxville travel answers
27 Gatlinburg travel answers

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