15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee visit planner
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Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
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Chattanooga
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge — 5 nights

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.
Hollywood Star Cars Museum and Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Bush's Visitor Center and Tennessee Museum of Aviation. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (in Gatlinburg), Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). There's much more to do: hike along Grotto Falls Parking, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing.

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Newark to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Chattanooga — 3 nights

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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Fall Creek Falls. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Cumberland Mountain State Park. Step out of Chattanooga to go to Rock Island and see Rock Island State Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum.

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Drive from Pigeon Forge to Chattanooga in 3 hours. August in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Nashville — 4 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Visiting Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carnton and Madame Tussauds Nashville. Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Loretta Lynn's Ranch (in Hurricane Mills) and Carter House (in Franklin). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, and take in nature's colorful creations at Cheekwood.

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Drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. August in Nashville sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Memphis.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Memphis — 2 nights

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.
On the 14th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Graceland and then see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and then contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

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Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Memphis sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Tennessee travel guide

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Distilleries · Specialty Museums · 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.