12 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

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Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Head to Barrel House Distillery and Fayette Mallfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Unique Horse Farm Tours and Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. When in Lexington, make a side trip to see The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, approximately Simpsonville away. And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Lexington Cemetery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery, and get to know the fascinating history of Waveland State Historic Site.

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Saint Louis to Lexington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis to Lexington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Lexington, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Lexington

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Chimney Tops Trail and Elkmont Ghost Town. Explore hidden gems such as Alum Cave Trail and Cataract Falls. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Smoky Mountain Cat House, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Shine Company, get some fabulous bargains at Lidl Dollys Factory Store, and make a trip to All Sauced Up # 2.

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Traveling by car from Lexington to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips


— 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.
Get in touch with nature at Top Golf and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Vanderbilt University and Madame Tussauds Nashville. Step out of Nashville to go to Manchester and see Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Smith Creek Moonshine, explore the landscape on two wheels at Crockett Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Natchez Trace Parkway.

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Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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

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.