19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Fly:  6​h
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 10 nights
End: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

2
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the striking features of The Orpheum Theatre, admire all the interesting features of FedExForum, and then explore and take pictures at AutoZone Park. On the next day, look for gifts at Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., take an in-depth tour of Mud Island River Park, and then try your luck at Gold Strike Casino.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis road trip site .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Memphis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

#Museums, #Casinos, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Gold Strike Casino
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Mud Island ©
Mud Island
AutoZone Park ©
AutoZone Park
Gold Strike Casino ©
Gold Strike Casino

2
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Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 4th (Wed), explore the activities along Radnor Lake State Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then snap pictures at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then stroll through Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and then explore the world behind art at Frist Center for Visual Arts.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

#Tours, #Nature, #Parks
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Food Tours
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Walking tours

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Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Chattanooga Zoo, ponder the design of Coolidge Park, then have fun and explore at Creative Discovery Museum, and finally make a trip to Moon Pie General Store. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR), take in nature's colorful creations at Rock City Gardens, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chattanooga road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

#Parks, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Rock City Gardens
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Coolidge Park ©
Coolidge Park
Creative Discovery Museum ©
Creative Discovery Museum
Rock City Gardens ©
Rock City Gardens

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Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): putt your heart out at Hillbilly Golf, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then look for gifts at Christmas Place, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): get in on the family fun at MagiQuest, find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, then explore and take pictures at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, and finally learn about winemaking at Sugarland Cellars Winery.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

#Theme Parks, #Tours, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Helicopter Tours
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The Coaster at Goats on the Roof ©
Helicopter Tours
Hillbilly Golf ©
Hillbilly Golf

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cullasaja River Gorge and Citico Wildlife Wilderness. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Franklin (Wayah Bald Lookout Tower & Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine), Whiteside Mountain (in Jackson County) and Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimney Tops, trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the sheer force of Bald River Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee, Franklin, Gatlinburg Trail, Citico Wildlife Wilderness, Soco Falls
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Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Cullasaja River Gorge ©
Cullasaja River Gorge
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls

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