12 days in Pigeon Forge, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

12 days in Pigeon Forge, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

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12 days in Pigeon Forge, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
1
Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

5
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Tanger Outlets Sevierville. Get a sense of the local culture at Tennessee Homemade Wines and Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pigeon Forge: Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, learn about winemaking at Mountain Valley Winery, get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery.

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

Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dry Falls, River Rafting & Tubing
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Sugarland Cellars ©
Sugarland Cellars

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carnton and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Downtown Franklin and McGavock Confederate Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (McLemore House, Carter House, & more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nashville day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville. In July in Nashville, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House

3
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Southland Park Gaming and Racing. Get some cultural insight at Sun Studio and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. There's lots more to do: deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, steep yourself in history at Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

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Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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