11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Cumberland Gap
— 2 nights


Memphis — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Graceland and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Memphis travel route planner.

Washington to Memphis is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Memphis is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington in April, things will get a bit warmer in Memphis: highs are around 73°F and lows about 53°F. On the 11th (Mon), you're off to Chattanooga.
Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Chattanooga — 3 nights

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 12th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chattanooga trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Memphis to Chattanooga in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Pigeon Forge — 2 nights

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 14th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then cool off at Dollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, find something for the whole family at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Cumberland Gap.
Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Parks
Side Trips

Cumberland Gap — 2 nights

Cumberland Gap is a town in Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tri State Peak Trail, relax in the rural setting at Mountain Hollow Farm, take a peaceful walk through Pine Mountain State Resort Park, and let the kids burn off some steam at Wilderness Road State Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cumberland Gap online attractions planner.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Cumberland Gap in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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.