15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  25​h
1
Memphis
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Johnson City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Jamestown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Brisbane

1
day
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.
On the 30th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Beale Street.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis sightseeing planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Memphis is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo

1
night
Chattanooga

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Adventures Unlimited, then see the interesting displays at Creative Discovery Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Experience - Chattanooga.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Chattanooga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In May in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ocoee, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
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Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

3
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.
Get outdoors at Roaring Fork and Zipline. Bring the kids along to Tuckaleechee Caverns and The Coaster at Goats on the Roof. Explore Pigeon Forge's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, hike along Grotto Falls Trail, and admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pigeon Forge, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Johnson City.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Tuckaleechee Caverns, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

2
nights
Johnson City

Johnson City ©
Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. On the 5th (Fri), get outside with Elk River Falls, then walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park, and then do a tasting at Linville Falls Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Nolichucky River, stroll through Tweetsie Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Gray Fossil Site.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Johnson City attractions website .

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Johnson City takes 2 hours. Plan for little chillier 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

Side Trips

Elk River Falls, Gray Fossil Site, Nolichucky River, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Grandfather Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tweetsie Trail ©
Tweetsie Trail
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park ©
Gray Fossil Site ©
Gray Fossil Site

2
nights
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Fentress County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, then head outdoors with Southeast Pack Trips, and finally learn about winemaking at Highland Manor Winery. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jamestown visit planner .

Traveling by car from Johnson City to Jamestown takes 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johnson City to Jamestown due to the time zone difference. June in Jamestown sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Jamestown

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, admire all the interesting features of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, then contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Radnor Lake State Park, engage your brain at Adventure Science Center, then see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Bowen Plantation House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nashville route planner .

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. June in Nashville sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 11th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Historic Mansker's Station, Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park

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