11 days in Tennessee & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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11 days in Tennessee & Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Maggie Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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 6th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and finally see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nashville online trip builder .

London, UK to Nashville is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in May, expect Nashville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can 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
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, stop by Lansky, don't miss a visit to Beale Street, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Graceland and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip app .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maggie Valley.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

1
night
Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, view the masterpieces at Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally sample the fine beverages at Bootleggers Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, then take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Maggie Valley holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Maggie Valley takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Maggie Valley due to the time zone difference. In May, Maggie Valley is a bit cooler than Memphis - with highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Cherokee, Hartford, Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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.
Visit Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Walker Sisters' Cabin for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Titanic Museum Attraction and Tennessee Homemade Wines. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Tue) at Dollywood. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

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You can drive from Maggie Valley to Pigeon Forge in 2 hours. Traveling from Maggie Valley in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Pigeon Forge, with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines

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