10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Charlotte

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fowler's Clay Works and St.Claire Art. Get some cultural insight at Biltmore and Titanic Museum Attraction. Get out of town with these interesting Pigeon Forge side-trips: New Morning Gallery (in Asheville) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, view the masterpieces at Paul Murray Gallery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge road trip app .

Charlotte to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In June in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Museums Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

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

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 20th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Nashville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip planner.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Graceland, then stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Memphis tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Covington's Historic Square, Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Horseshoe Tunica ©
Horseshoe Tunica

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