11 days in Tennessee & South Carolina Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee & South Carolina Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Hilton Head
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Myrtle Beach
— 1 night


Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

Center of Fun in the Smokies

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 16th (Sat): stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, and then look for gifts at Pop Culture Gourmet Popcorn.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge trip planning app.

Grand Rapids to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, Pigeon Forge is a bit warmer than Grand Rapids - with highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 3 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Take a break from the city and head to Commander Zodiac and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Relax by the water at Folly Field Beach Park and Driessen Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, try for a hole-in-one at Legendary Golf, enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, and tee off at The Golf Courses of Palmetto Dunes.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head trip planner.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Hilton Head in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hilton Head, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours


— 3 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then identify plant and animal life at The Center for Birds of Prey, and then go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Fort Moultrie, experience rural life at Charleston Tea Garden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiawah Island.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Charleston road trip planning app.

Drive from Hilton Head to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Charleston can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Myrtle Beach

— 1 night
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Cherry Grove Beach, and then learn about winemaking at La Belle Amie Vineyard. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Litchfield Beach, and then take in the waterfront at MarshWalk.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Myrtle Beach trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Myrtle Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

South Carolina travel guide

Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.