Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
  • 2 to 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the freedom of independent travel with this self-guided driving tour of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Download the tour onto your phone and learn about Cherokee history and legends, Appalachian life, and more. See several of the park's best spots such as Clingman's Dome, and Rainbow Falls. Note: this does not include entrance to the park or attractions.
  • Self-guided driving tour of Great Smoky Mountains: Download onto your phone
  • Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park at your own pace
  • No expiration: You can keep the guided tour forever
  • Get insights into the history and heritage of the Smoky Mountains

What's Included

  • Engaging storytelling: Uncover unique tales and thrilling history for a memorable journey!
  • Perfect narrator: nothing can beat listening to a great voice. Proven with tons of rave reviews!
  • Comprehensive route and stops: See it all, miss nothing, leave no stone unturned!
  • Offline maps: no signal, no problem! Works perfectly without cellular or wifi.
  • Hands-free: audio stories play on their own based on your location. Easy to use!
  • Go at your own pace: Start anytime, pause anywhere, enjoy breaks for snacks and photos freely!
  • Great value: purchase per car, not per person. More affordable than bus or guided tours!
  • Easy-to-use app: download Action’s Tour Guide App onto your phone
  • Attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting points

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Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 7/22/2020 - 5/13/2025

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Oconaluftee Visitor Center

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Mingus Mill

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Quiet Walkways

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Clingmans Dome Visitor Contact Station

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Newfound Gap Road

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Rockefeller Memorial

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Morton Overlook

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Morton Mountain Tunnel

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Alum Cave Trail

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Chimney Tops Overlook

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Carlos Campbell Overlook

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Clingmans Dome

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Sugarlands Visitors Center

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Cataract Falls

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Gatlinburg

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Rainbow Falls Trail

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Grotto Falls Trail

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

The Place of a Thousand Drips

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Baskins Creek Falls

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Ephraim Bales Cabin

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Alfred Reagan Tub Mill

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Ely's Mill

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Gatlinburg

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • How to access: Once you book a tour, you’ll get a confirmation email and an instructions email. Follow the instructions right away: • Download the app • Enter the password • Download the tour • MUST DO while in strong wifi/cellular
  • How to start the tour: Once onsite, open the Action's Tour Guide App: • If there is just one tour, launch it. • If there are multiple tour versions, launch the one with your planned starting point and direction. • Go to the starting point. (Note: no one will meet you at the start. This tour is self-guided). • The audio will begin automatically at the starting point. If you face audio issues, visit the FAQ. • Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
  • Amazing savings: • Driving Tours: Save money by purchasing a single tour for the entire vehicle, avoiding individual fees per person like on a bus tour. Connect your phone to the car speakers to share the audio.
  • Flexibility and Convenience: • Use the tour app anytime, on any day, and over multiple days. It's perfect for tailoring your exploration and revisiting your favorite spots on future trips. • Start and pause the tour whenever you like, taking breaks and exploring side excursions at your own pace, free from the constraints of a group.
  • Comprehensive Tour Experience: •The app provides a full itinerary, travel tips, narrated audio stories, scripts, images, videos, and recommendations for additional activities. • Enjoy a private experience without the crowds, ideal for personalized stops and photo opportunities.
  • Ease of Use and Accessibility: • The app is hands-free and activates stories via GPS, offering support through call, chat, or email. • There is no need for a continuous cell or Wi-Fi connection as the GPS map works offline.
  • Memorable Keepsakes: • Utilize the app’s images to create a photo book or share on social media, ensuring you have high-quality, crowd-free memories from your trip.
  • Preparation: • After booking, download the app and the tour using a strong Wi-Fi connection. • Review the tour at home before your trip for a better experience.
  • Starting the Tour: • Open the app upon arrival at your destination. • Select the appropriate tour based on your starting point. • Head to the starting location; the audio will begin automatically. • Follow the suggested route and adhere to the speed limit for an optimal experience. • By following these instructions and taking advantage of the app's features, users can enjoy a personalized, flexible, and in-depth exploration of their destination at their own pace and convenience.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Reviews

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We could not get the app to download for our tour of the Smokey Mountains.
Bev_D, Apr 2024
No. We drove by ourselves with a book from the Park service since the app would not download correctly. We would like a refund please.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
I'm sorry to hear about your trouble downloading the Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour. We suggest downloading the app and your tour before arriving at the park. However, I see this was not possible in your case, and I apologize. Please get in touch with me directly, and I'll ensure you get a full refund promptly. Additionally, if you're still interested in exploring, I'd happily offer you a swap to any of our other 100+ self-guided audio tours. Let's make this right for you as soon as possible.
Just like a bus tour but...
Dustin_K, Mar 2024
Just like a bus tour but at my pace. Loved the flexibility and cost. It’s difficult to keep the speed down so the audio sections don’t get cut off as the next audio section starts.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed the Great Smoky Mountains tour, Dustin! The flexibility and cost-effectiveness are definitely perks we would love to hear and appreciate. If you're up for more, our Smoky, Cades, Shenandoah & Blue Ridge Self-Guided Driving Tours bundle offers a wealth of exploration across these beautiful regions, providing you with the same pace and flexibility. You can find these tours where you booked your Smoky Mountains adventure—excited for you to explore more stunning landscapes with us!
Great experience!
Antonio_G, Jan 2024
Great experience and information on the Smoky mountains. You can go on your own pace. Would recommend to others if you like doing things on your own time.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thanks for sharing your positive experience with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Audio Tour, Antonio! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed the freedom to explore at your own pace. If you're eager for more self-guided adventures, don’t forget to check out my Action+ Tour Bundle for over 100 more self-guided tours.
App did not meet expectations
Chandramouli_K, Dec 2023
We could not use the app as the route was closed in winter. Since the route was closed we Saw Only 6 points out of 43 listed n
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Chandramouli, I'm sorry your experience with the Great Smoky Driving Audio Tour didn't go as planned. Unfortunately, I don't have control over the weather or temporary closures, but I want to remind you that your purchase never expires. You can use it again on your next visit or, if you prefer, get in touch via the app, and I'll be happy to exchange it for one of the other 100+ self-guided audio tours available. Your satisfaction is essential, and I appreciate your understanding as we navigate these unpredictable elements. Thanks for sharing your feedback.
Great Smokey Mountain Drive
Kimberly_K, Dec 2023
The sites were breathtaking! Going in December was perfect for seeing snow in the mountains. The drive is worth taking!!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thanks, Kimberly, for your glowing review! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the breathtaking sights of the Great Smoky Mountains, especially with the magical touch of December snow. It's lovely that the drive was a memorable part of your experience. For your future adventures, don't forget to check out my Action+ Tour Bundle for over 100 more self-guided tours.
A very good travel companion. ( no whining)
David_B, Dec 2023
I enjoyed the historical information added by the commentary. It was a small amount of money paid with big amounts of satisfaction.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
David, I am so glad you found the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Audio Tour a satisfying travel companion and that the historical commentary enhanced your journey! If you're considering more travel adventures, look at my Action+ Tour Bundle. It offers over 100 self-guided tours, each packed with unique insights and stories, ensuring great value and more satisfying travel experiences. Thanks for the positive review, and I hope to accompany you on many more adventures!
Listening to the history...
Margaret_L, Dec 2023
Listening to the history of the area and Chimney mountain area and the American Indians and different type trees that grow here.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Margaret, I'm thrilled you enjoyed the historical aspects of my Great Smoky Mountains National Park Audio Tour, especially the insights into the Chimney Mountain area, local American Indian history, and the diverse tree species. If you're considering more travel adventures, don't forget to check out my Action+ Tour Bundle for over 100 more self-guided tours.
Blue Ridge
Patricia_M, Nov 2023
The talk about the trees and history. Giving you time to stop and enjoy where they said to pull over
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you, Patricia, for the beautiful review! I'm glad you appreciated the blend of history and nature on my Great Smoky Mountains National Park Audio Tour, especially the moments to pause and savor the beauty around you. If you're excited about more explorations, don’t forget to check out my Action+ Tour Bundle for over 100 more self-guided adventures.
The drive and scenery...
Walter_V, Nov 2023
The drive and scenery were great. I was unable to access and utilize the audio-tour. Total waste of money.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Walter, I'm sorry you couldn't access the audio tour – that's a bummer when you're all set for an incredible drive. There might have been a snag with downloading the app and tour beforehand, which is essential for a smooth experience. The good news is, the tour's yours forever, so you can still enjoy those stories from home. And if you're up for exploring different places, I've got over 100 self-guided tours ready for an exchange or refund. Just let me know how I can help!
Didn't work for us :(
Vanessa_H, Oct 2023
We had lots of technical difficulties with this download. We were disappointed because we have used viator's driving tour on another national park and it worked splendidly.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Vanessa, I'm sorry about your troubles with our Great Smoky Mountains tour! For a smoother adventure next time, I recommend getting the app and the tour all set up before you hit the road. Remember, the tour is yours forever so you can revisit the stories anytime from the comfort of home, or I’m happy to swap it out or arrange a refund from our collection of 100+ self-guided tours. Just shout out, and we'll get it sorted for you! Thanks for giving us another shot, and I'm here to help make things right.
Nice tour
Paul_P, Sep 2023
Nice tour but shorter than I expected. It pointed out lots of areas of interest and hiking trails but we didn't have time to hike.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Paul, I'm pleased you found my Great Smoky Mountains National Park Audio Tour insightful, even if it was shorter than anticipated. Understanding the vastness and the multitude of trails and sights, time can indeed feel limited. If you ever decide to journey again, perhaps with more time to delve deeper into the hiking trails, I'd be honored to be your audio companion. You might find my Action+ Tour Bundle beneficial for your future travels, offering over 100 self-guided tours to immerse yourself in, wishing you more memorable journeys ahead!
The app needs a lot of work to make it more simplified
James_G, Aug 2023
Could not get the audio to work on any site. The map did not reveal the sites that we were to be informed about terrible.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
I am sorry to hear about the challenges you faced with our Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour, James! I appreciate your feedback about the app's usability, and we're continuously working to improve our user experience. If you encounter any issues in the future, we encourage you to reach out to our support team during our operational hours (5 AM EST to 5 PM EST). They are available to assist you and resolve any problems you may encounter. Please remember that the products you purchased are valid forever, allowing you to use them on your next visit or enjoy the tour from the comfort of your home. If you're interested in exchanging the tour or discussing your experience further, please don't hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
Awesome self tour.
Ron_L, Jul 2023
Amazing views of the mountains. Tour guide gave us some great knowledge of how the Smokey Mountains came to be.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for your review, Ron! I'm glad to hear that you had a wonderful time admiring the stunning scenery and that you found the tour guide's information helpful. Our aim is to create an unforgettable and educational trip for all our guests. If you're interested in discovering more places, we suggest taking a look at our Action+ Tour Bundle, with over 100 self-guided tours for your next adventure. Thank you for selecting our tour, and we look forward to having you visit us again soon!
Beautiful views
James_M, Jun 2023
The app was fine. We kept up with it ok. The only thing I would have to say negative about our time was the traffic, which is to be expected. Beautiful scenery and the mountains were awesome.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
I appreciate your feedback! It's great to hear that you found the app useful and were able to navigate it easily. It's common to experience heavy traffic in Great Smoky. If you're looking to explore more, you might be interested in our Action+ Tour Bundle. This bundle includes over 100 self-guided tours, providing a diverse range of destinations and experiences to enhance your future travels.
Goated Tour
Karah_C, Jun 2023
Super fun highly recommend more than paying for a tour out in town! Go at your own pace, stop when you want to, and skip whatever you don’t want to see! :)
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thank you so much, Karah! I’m glad you had a great time at the Great Smokies with my tour at your own pace and added so much value to your visit. If you plan to travel more, you may like my Action+ Tour Bundle (it has all of my self-guided tours, over 100).
The Great Smokey Tour
Steve_H, May 2023
Climbing Clingman's dome the highest peak of the Great Smokey Mountains. The view was spectacular. The self-guided tour saved us money and time. We were able to view the surroundings in our own comfortable setting. We recommend the self-guided tour to all.
Response from Host, May 2023
That’s so wonderful to hear! Thanks Steve! It brings me great joy to hear that you had a wonderful time exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with our self-guided tour and that your visit to Clingman's Dome was amazing. Our aim is to provide remarkable and budget-friendly experiences, so your satisfaction is truly appreciated. Your endorsement is valuable to us, and we look forward to assisting you on your next adventure. Additionally, you might want to check out my Action+ Tour Bundle, which comprises all of my self-guided tours nationwide, if you plan on traveling more.
Great audio tour
Vincent_P, Apr 2023
We really enjoyed the audio tour of the Smoky Mtn National Park. Especially the flexibility of starting and stopping the tour when we wanted to stop and enjoy a view or hike to a waterfall.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you so much Vincent! That flexibility is one of the best features of my self-guided tour. I’m glad you had a great time at Grand Canyon with my tour. If you plan to travel more, you may like my Action+ Tour Bundle (it has all of my self-guided tours, over 100). Thanks again!
Classroom in my car
David_S, Mar 2023
This was a very informative tour where we could go off and do other things for awhile, then come back and pick up right were we left off. History, folklore and other lessons were taught to make an enjoyable trip even better! The App did have a glitch in it when I got toward the end. It stopped and asked me to empty the cache. Then I had to restart the tour. I did all that but the tour was over anyhow. I would definitely recommend.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thanks so much David! I'm thrilled to hear that you could use the tour so flexibly and found my stories so interesting! Thanks for telling me about the cache pop-up — I’ll investigate ASAP. I have other tours across the country, which I hope you check out on future vacations!
The mountains are beautiful
John_W, Nov 2022
I could not get the app to work just got the location from map and found the welcome center and that was it.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Can you describe it a bit more? I will happily exchange your tour with any of my 100 tours in the US.
We’ll worth the money,...
Charles_T, Nov 2022
We’ll worth the money, driving tour worked very well. A lot of good history presented very well. I would recommend to anyone coming to the mountains.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you so much for your feedback, Charles! I’m thrilled that my tour of the Great Smoky Mountains added to your learning and that you enjoyed it. I also have 100 other self-guided tours for other parks, scenic drives, cities, and historic sites in the US — hopefully, you’ll get the chance to try them next time! Also, just to remind you, the tour you bought is yours for a lifetime. So, you can listen to it at home or on your next visit.
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