Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour

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17 reviews

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 14.99 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.

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  • 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.

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one.

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.
  • Action Tour Guide app
  • Transportation
  • Parking fee
  • Food and drinks
  • National Park/attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at 1151 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA. 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. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page:

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle
  • Downloaded app
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app tour with a map, audio stories, and images
  • Buy one tour per couple. Use car speakers (driving tour) or share headphones (walking tour)
  • The app offers professional audio stories, scripts, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, hikes, and offline directions
  • Flexible schedule: Use it on any day and at any time over multiple days
  • Use it on your next trip here! This tour never expires
  • Go at your own pace: stop, start, pause, re-do… whatever you like, whenever you like it
  • It auto-starts based on you reaching the starting point
  • All stories play based on your location
  • Get support by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

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Easy to follow along with narrative and very interesting historical information and legends.

March 10, 2023

March 7, 2023

It was amazing we did it twice the view was beautiful don’t leave too late you will miss out a lot. It’s most definitely a two hour ride

January 29, 2023

Product ID: 400655