15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

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Memphis
— 1 day
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Johnson City
— 2 nights
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Jamestown
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Memphis

— 1 day

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.
On the 30th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo, explore the galleries of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary app.

Brisbane, Australia to Memphis is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Memphis is minus 16 hours. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Chattanooga

— 1 night

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.
On the 31st (Sun), take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with Adventures Unlimited, then explore the engaging exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip website.

Getting from Memphis to Chattanooga by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Adventure · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuckaleechee Caverns and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Laurel Falls and Zipline. Get out of town with these interesting Pigeon Forge side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, get in on the family fun at Rockin' Raceway Arcade, putt your heart out at Hillbilly Golf, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Johnson City.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Johnson City

— 2 nights
Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with most of the city being in Washington County. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): head outdoors with Elk River Falls, walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park, and then learn about winemaking at Linville Falls Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Nolichucky River, then hike along Tweetsie Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, and finally learn more about the world around you at Gray Fossil Site.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Johnson City road trip planner.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Johnson City in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Pigeon Forge in June since evenings lows in Johnson City dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Johnson City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Jamestown

— 2 nights
Jamestown is a city in Fentress County, Tennessee, United States. On the 7th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, admire the majestic nature at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, then trot along with Southeast Pack Trips, and finally learn about winemaking at Highland Manor Winery. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jamestown journey tool.

You can drive from Johnson City to Jamestown in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johnson City to Jamestown due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Jamestown

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nashville

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, then take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Radnor Lake State Park, then engage your brain at Adventure Science Center, and then see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Nashville tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Jamestown to Nashville in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 11th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.