Thursday, December 23, 2010
KNOXVILLE MCGHEE TYSON AIRPORT - TYS - ALCOA, TN - NEAR GATLINBURG, PIGE...
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS INTO & AROUND GATLINBURG - PIGEON FORGE
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are nestled just a bit off the beaten path when it comes to the main U.S. interstate highway system. However, there are numerous highways and secondary roads into Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Greater Smoky Mountain area, and these routes will lead you through and to some of the most beautiful country vistas and amazing views of the mountains that you'll find anywhere!
The major east-west interstate highway route through eastern Tennessee is I-40. This connects with another eastern artery, I-81, which is just northeast of the Gatlinburg area (between White Pine and Dandridge). Interstate-40 also connects with the north-south artery of I-75 just west of the Gatlinburg area in Knoxville.
Here are some specific directions into the area from whatever direction you may be coming from:
•From Nashville, Tennessee going East: Consider taking I-40 to Exit 364 at State Route 95 South to Lenoir City, then take U.S. 321 East, continuing through Maryville and Townsend, then make a right onto Scenic Highway 73 to Gatlinburg.
•From Lexington, Kentucky going South: On I-75, consider taking I-40 West from Knoxville to Exit 364 at State Route 95 South to Lenoir City and U.S. 321 East and follow the same directions as those above into Gatlinburg.
•From Roanoke, Virginia going Southwest: On I-81 South, consider taking I-40 East to Exit 435 or 443 (Foothills Parkway), turn onto U.S. 321 and continue until you reach Gatlinburg.
•From Asheville, North Carolina going Northwest: On I-40 West, take Exit 443 (Foothills Parkway) or Exit 435, then turn left onto U.S. 321 and continue until you reach Gatlinburg.
•From Chattanooga, Tennessee going Northeast: Take I-75 North to Exit 81 at State Route 95, then follow Highway U.S. 321 East continuing through Maryville to Townsend, then make a right onto Scenic Highway 73 East to Gatlinburg.
McGHEE TYSON AIRPORT IN KNOXVILLE, TN (TYS)
McGhee Tyson Airport (airport code TYS) in Knoxville, Tennessee is located within 50 miles of most resort accommodations in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. Car rentals are readily available at the airport. The drive east from the Knoxville airport down U.S. 321 through Maryville and Townsend is a pleasurable scenic drive.