13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  7​h
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Durham

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Pyramid Vodka. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Graceland, then get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Collierville TN Historic District.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Memphis itinerary planning site .

Durham to Memphis is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durham to Memphis due to the time zone difference. June in Memphis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Collierville TN Historic District
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Belle Meade Plantation. Popular historic sites such as Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Lotz House Museum are in your itinerary. Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to Carnton in Franklin, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, and get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville holiday site .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Fishing Charters & Tours. Chattanooga National Cemetery and Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. (in Ocoee) and Red Clay State Historic Park (in Cleveland). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at In-Town Gallery, explore the activities along Booker T. Washington State Park, and examine the collection at Coker Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chattanooga online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. June in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ocoee, Red Clay State Historic Park, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Booker T. Washington State Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Chattanooga National Cemetery ©
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Red Clay State Historic Park ©
Red Clay State Historic Park

4
nights
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Quiet Walkways will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Titanic Museum Attraction and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Go for a jaunt from Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see Cades Cove about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School.

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Drive from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, River Rafting & Tubing, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

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