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.
Explore hidden gems such as Unique Horse Farm Tours and Lexington Cemetery. Head to Barrel House Distillery and The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrassfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Waveland State Historic Site, and examine the collection at Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

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Saint Louis to Lexington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to 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 Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Gatlinburg Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Christmas Place and Bluff Mountain Adventures. Take a break from Pigeon Forge with a short trip to Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Rainbow Falls Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Collier Distillery, get in on the family fun at Big Top Arcade, and make a splash at Outdoor Gravity Park.

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You can drive from Lexington to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In November in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Trails · Parks

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— 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vanderbilt University and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get outdoors at Zipline and Crockett Park. Go for a jaunt from Nashville to Franklin to see David Arms Gallery about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Smith Creek Moonshine and tee off at Top Golf.

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You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November in Nashville, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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.