10 days in Tennessee & Mammoth Cave National Park Itinerary

10 days in Tennessee & Mammoth Cave National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Tennessee & Mammoth Cave National Park Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Roaring Fork and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. Get a sense of the local culture at Titanic Museum Attraction and Mill Bridge Winery. When in Pigeon Forge, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, approximately 54 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Sat) at Dollywood. It doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary planning site .

Chicago to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. July in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

1
night
Ocoee

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Benton Falls Hike and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ocoee online travel route planner .

Getting from Pigeon Forge to Ocoee by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ocoee are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Ocoee

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Benton Falls Hike
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Benton Falls Hike ©
Benton Falls Hike

2
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Wild Cave Tour has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Wild Cave Tour and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ocoee to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ocoee to Mammoth Cave National Park. In July in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill). On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville day trip planner .

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Nashville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Historic Mansker's Station, Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

1
night
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 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then look for gifts at Lansky, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

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