10 days in Ohio, Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Ohio, Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

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Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  5 h 30 min
1
Cleveland
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
2
Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cedar Point (in Sandusky) and Back to the Wild (in Castalia). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, contemplate the long history of Wade Memorial Chapel, and take a tour of USS Cod Submarine Memorial.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cleveland itinerary builder website.

Indianapolis to Cleveland is an approximately 5.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trips

Cedar Point, Back to the Wild
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The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point

2
nights
Louisville

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), then catch the contagious excitement of Churchill Downs, and finally look for gifts at Art Eatables.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Louisville online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cleveland to Louisville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Cleveland in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Louisville, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Distillery Tours
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

2
nights
Nashville

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 27th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Smith Creek Moonshine. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip maker.

You can drive from Louisville to Nashville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill)
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, make a splash at Dollywood, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery.

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You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge due to the time zone difference. In May in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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