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San Antonio to Gatlinburg drive

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  San Antonio
 Austin
 Dallas
 Texarkana (Texas)
 Hot Springs
 Memphis
 Nashville
   Gatlinburg 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Antonio to Gatlinburg road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Antonio 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 San Antonio and Gatlinburg. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Antonio 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 San Antonio
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:22 am  Austin
stay for about 3.5 hours
and leave at 2:52 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:47 pm  Dallas
eat at Pecan Lodge
stay overnight at Hotel Zaza Dallas
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Hotel Zaza Dallas
drive for about 3 hours

12:50 pm  Texarkana (Texas)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:50 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:52 pm  Hot Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:52 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:52 pm  Memphis
stay overnight at Peabody Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Peabody Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

12:06 pm  Nashville
stay for about 3.5 hours
and leave at 3:36 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:12 pm  arrive in Gatlinburg

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Antonio, Texas.

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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?

Austin  (155 answers)
    Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
    Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
    Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
    Continental Club  (11 mentions)
    Rainey Street  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Austin:
        Chuy's Restaurant
        Torchy's Tacos
        Uchi Restaurant
        Salt Lick
        The County Line
    questions about Austin:
        Best BBQ in/near Austin?
        Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?
        Food trucks
        What are the must-sees in Austin?
        Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?

Dallas  (106 answers)
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science  (14 mentions)
    Dallas Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza  (10 mentions)
    Nasher Sculpture Center  (9 mentions)
    Klyde Warren Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Dallas:
        Pecan Lodge
        Lockhart Smokehouse
        Peggy Sue BBQ
        Smoke
        Oddfellows
    hotels around Dallas:
        Hotel Zaza Dallas
        Belmont Hotel Dallas
        Rosewood Crescent Hotel
    questions about Dallas:
        Where is the best barbeque in Dallas?
        Where to go for lunch in Dallas?
        Going to Dallas for 2 weeks - what to see?
        Best free things to do in Dallas?
        Best breakfast spots in Dallas?

Texarkana (Texas)  (7 answers)
    questions about Texarkana (Texas):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Texarkana (Texas)?

Hot Springs  (17 answers)
    Hot Springs National Park  (4 mentions)
    questions about Hot Springs:
        Fun, family friendly, foodie things to do

Memphis  (96 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    hotels around Memphis:
        Peabody Hotel
    questions about Memphis:
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids

Nashville  (149 answers)
    Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
    Country Music Hall of Fame  (6 mentions)
    Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
    Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
    The Parthenon  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Nashville:
        Bluebird Cafe
        Opryland Hotel
        Pancake Pantry
        Hattie B's Hot Chicken - 19th Ave
        Peg Leg Porker BBQ
    questions about Nashville:
        Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?
        Top of the line hotels in Nashville?
        What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend
        Best Location to Stay
        Hotel by Airport


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)

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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 San Antonio 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 San Antonio to Gatlinburg. Or get a full San Antonio 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 San Antonio well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Antonio!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,159 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 10 minutes
Gatlinburg is 1 hour ahead of San Antonio
66 San Antonio travel answers
155 Austin travel answers
106 Dallas travel answers
7 Texarkana (Texas) travel answers
17 Hot Springs travel answers
96 Memphis travel answers
149 Nashville travel answers
27 Gatlinburg travel answers





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