15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee itinerary planner
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 5 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tennessee Cider Company and Bush's Visitor Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Little Bear Winery and Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Forge Distillery, and stop by The Christmas Place.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Pigeon Forge road trip planner.

Washington DC to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In November, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.
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Wineries · Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Chattanooga — 2 nights

Dynamo of Dixie

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 30th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, have fun and explore at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, then wander the streets of Bluff View Art District, then make a trip to Moon Pie General Store, and finally sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga online road trip planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In November in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Nashville — 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carter House and Marathon Village. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Downtown Franklin and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Franklin Antique Mall, Carnton, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Belmont Mansion, admire the masterpieces at Cheekwood, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

Drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December in Nashville, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Memphis.
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Memphis — 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Get some cultural insight at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Elmwood Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at Tastin' 'Round Town, learn more about the world around you at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, examine the collection at Metal Museum, and contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis travel planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Memphis are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.
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