16 days in Tennessee Itinerary

16 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 4 nights
Drive
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Murfreesboro
— 1 night
Drive
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Franklin
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Nashville

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Andrew Jackson's Hermitage as well as Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nashville attractions planner.

San Francisco to Nashville is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Nashville to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Nature · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Island in Pigeon Forge, The Old Mill Candy Kitchen, Outdoor Gravity Park, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Pigeon Forge Snow, make a splash at Outdoor Gravity Park, then stop by The Old Mill Candy Kitchen, then get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Knoxville

— 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
You've now added Fort Dickerson Park to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Fort Dickerson Park and then stroll through Ijams Nature Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Knoxville trip maker tool.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Knoxville in an hour. July in Knoxville sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Chattanooga

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, and other attractions. Take a break from the city and head to The Lost Sea Adventure and Fort Loudoun State Park. You'll explore and learn at Creative Discovery Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields and get great views at Glen Falls Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip maker website.

Drive from Knoxville to Chattanooga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Murfreesboro.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Tours · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Murfreesboro

— 1 night
Murfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States. Discovery Center has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): let little ones run wild at Discovery Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Murfreesboro trip planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Murfreesboro in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Murfreesboro due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Murfreesboro can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Franklin.

Things to do in Murfreesboro

Fun & Games · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your trip

Franklin

— 1 night
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Carter House has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the galleries of Carnton, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Carter House.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Franklin visit planning tool.

Getting from Murfreesboro to Franklin by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Nashville.

Things to do in Franklin

Museums · Historic Sites

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Your day by day itinerary now includes Tennessee State Capitol, Centennial Park and Historic Travellers Rest. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adventure Science Center and Nashville Zoo.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville holiday planner.

Nashville is very close to Franklin. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

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.