12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Franklin
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
6
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis online trip maker .

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Memphis. Traveling from New York City in October, you will find days in Memphis are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Franklin.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

2
nights
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House, then take in the history at Carnton, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at McGavock Confederate Cemetery. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through Bowie Nature Park, then hike along Timberland Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Franklin online visit planner .

Drive from Memphis to Franklin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowie Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

2
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.
On the 13th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Park, then examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, then examine the collection at The George Jones, and finally get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nashville online vacation planner .

Nashville is very close to Franklin. In October, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, explore the different monuments and memorials at Forest Hills Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and finally Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Highlights from your plan
Forest Hills Cemetery ©
Forest Hills Cemetery
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Falls Trail and Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese. Escape the urban bustle at Anakeesta and Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Distillery - Barrelhouse, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip tool .

Getting from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg by car takes about 3 hours. October in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
River Rafting & Tubing
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, then get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Tuckaleechee Caverns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Sevierville, find something for the whole family at Arcade City, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and finally have some family-friendly fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge trip itinerary planning app .

Pigeon Forge is very close to Gatlinburg. October in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trips

Sevierville, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works

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