17 days in Atlanta & Tennessee Itinerary

17 days in Atlanta & Tennessee Itinerary

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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 3 nights
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Ducktown
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Drive to McGhee Tyson Airport, Fly to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Drive to Thomaston

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Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Change things up with a short trip to Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium, take in the exciting artwork at National Center for Civil and Human Rights, admire the striking features of Fox Theatre, and take in nature's colorful creations at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Atlanta sightseeing planner.

Thomaston to Atlanta is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Memphis.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

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.
When in Memphis, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica, approximately Tunica away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Graceland, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, see the interesting displays at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Memphis online tour planner.

Getting from Atlanta to Memphis by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. June in Memphis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Casinos

Side Trip

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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

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Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chattanooga

— 3 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.
Explore Chattanooga's surroundings by going to Adventures Unlimited (in Ocoee) and University of the South (in Sewanee). There's still lots to do: put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games, witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Head underground at Ruby Falls, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium.

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

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ducktown.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ducktown

— 1 night
Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): let the river carry you with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., then examine the collection at Ducktown Basin Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ducktown attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Ducktown takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chattanooga in June; daily highs in Ducktown reach 84°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Ducktown

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Pigeon Forge with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: cool off at Dollywood, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, stroll through Roaring Fork, and test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Ducktown to Pigeon Forge in 3 hours. In June in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.