12 days in Tennessee, Kentucky & Indiana Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee, Kentucky & Indiana Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
Bowling Green
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 1 night


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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tuckaleechee Caverns and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Newfound Gap Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pigeon Forge: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Rockefeller Memorial) and Bush's Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill). There's still lots to do: trek along Gatlinburg Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Collier Distillery, do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, and look for gifts at Christmas Place.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary site.

New York City to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in November since evenings lows in Pigeon Forge dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Radnor Lake State Park and Mansion. Escape the urban bustle at Centennial Park and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Step out of Nashville to go to Franklin and see Carter House, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Downtown Franklin and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Nashville.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowling Green

— 1 night
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 24th (Tue), don't miss a visit to 1921 Standard Oil Station, experience rural life at Chaney's Dairy Barn, and then explore the striking landscape at Lost River Cave.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bowling Green itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Bowling Green takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature


— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 25th (Wed), view the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On your second day here, sample the fine beverages at Angel's Envy Distillery, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and then take in the views from The Big Four Bridge.

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You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites


— 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Crown Hill Cemetery, then join the crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at White River State Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Indianapolis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Louisville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Indianapolis, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.

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.

Indiana travel guide

Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.