11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Attractions like Graceland and Beale Street make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Memphis with an excursion to WC Johnson Park in Collierville--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, soar above the sights with Bluff City Balloons, and get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo.

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Los Angeles to Memphis is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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Nashville

— 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Family-friendly places like Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, pause for some serene contemplation at Downtown Presbyterian Church, get thoroughly spooked out with Franklin on Foot, and steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery.

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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 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Chattanooga

— 1 night

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, and then meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. In October, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Pigeon Forge

— 4 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dollywood and Titanic Museum Attraction. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, and experience rural life at Mountain Mist Farms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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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.