Originally Posted by 1646Buff1
Agreed, it is besutiful but crowded.
It is often a crowed place during regular tourist times, that is summer, spring and fall when the leaves are changing.
You mentioned that you didn't like crowded places. But on the days you mentioned most people will be home with family. So I expect you might get a break from the regular hordes of tourists.
(I'm just giving my honest opinion) Gatlinburg is a wonderful place, but during peak seasons don't expect to drive anywhere. There are only two main streets and so many pedestrians and cars that walking is really the only way to get anywhere within a mile. Of course there is plenty of room for pedestrians.
If you want to be near gambling then you might like it there. If you want to see some cool history and learn about the War Between the States then you'd probably like Chattanooga much better.
I'd say spend a couple of days in Gatlinburg and then drive down to Chattanooga for a couple of days. Take some of the rural highways, it's very scenic along the East TN mountains. Hwy 411 is probably a good route from Gatlinburg down to the Ocoee, then you can catch i-75 to Chattanooga.