10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Portland

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Graceland, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis tour itinerary builder .

Portland to Memphis is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Portland in September: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 87°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Memphis in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 62°F in Nashville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then cool off at Dollywood. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
The Island in Pigeon Forge ©
The Island in Pigeon Forge
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, get in on the family fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

Gatlinburg is just a short distance from Pigeon Forge. In September, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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