12 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

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Louisville
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Fly to Atlanta, Shuttle to Dalton, Taxi to Ocoee
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Ocoee
— 1 day
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Louisville online attractions planner.

Denver to Louisville is an approximately 17.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Louisville is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in June since evenings lows in Louisville dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Kids will enjoy Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Lotz House Museum. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nashville vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, examine the collection at Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis online day trip planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. June in Memphis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Ocoee.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Ocoee

— 1 day
On the 8th (Sat), relax and float downstream with Adventures Unlimited and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ocoee attractions site.

Getting from Memphis to Ocoee by combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Ocoee is 1 hour. Traveling from Memphis in June, plan for little chillier nights in Ocoee, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Parks · Tours

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.
Kids will enjoy Dollywood and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from Pigeon Forge to Hartford to see 5 Rivers Adventures about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge day trip app.

You can drive from Ocoee to Pigeon Forge in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.