17 days in Tennessee, Dallas & Chicago Itinerary

17 days in Tennessee, Dallas & Chicago Itinerary

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17 days in Tennessee, Dallas & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Jamestown
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Jackson
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Dallas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery and then explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

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Barcelona, Spain to Chattanooga is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Chattanooga, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Barcelona in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Chattanooga, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Signal Point
Highlights from your plan
Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns

2
nights
Pigeon Forge

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.
On the 24th (Wed), do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, then explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome. Keep things going the next day: hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, then Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, and finally sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

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You can drive from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee Homemade Wines, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

1
night
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Fentress County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): trek along Colditz Cove State Natural Area, admire the majestic nature at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, and then explore and take pictures at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jamestown online travel planner .

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Jamestown in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Jamestown due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Pigeon Forge in April since evenings lows in Jamestown dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Jamestown

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Colditz Cove State Natural Area, Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park ©
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park
Colditz Cove State Natural Area ©
Colditz Cove State Natural Area

1
night
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. On the 27th (Sat), see the interesting displays at International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, then examine the collection at Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Cypress Grove Nature Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Pinson Mounds State Park. On the next day, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Carriage House Antique Market & Cafe, have some family-friendly fun at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, then explore and take pictures at The Ballpark at Jackson, then see the interesting displays at Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School, and finally do a tasting at Century Farm Winery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jackson trip maker tool .

Getting from Jamestown to Jackson by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. In April in Jackson, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pinson Mounds State Park, Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School
Highlights from your plan
Pinson Mounds State Park ©
Pinson Mounds State Park
Cypress Grove Nature Park ©
Cypress Grove Nature Park
Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum ©
Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Collierville TN Historic District, contemplate the long history of S.Y. Wilson and Company, then contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, then contemplate the long history of Magevney House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, then examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planner .

You can drive from Jackson to Memphis in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

S.Y. Wilson and Company, Collierville TN Historic District
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery
S.Y. Wilson and Company ©
S.Y. Wilson and Company

3
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bluebonnet Trail and Grapevine Olive Oil Company. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District. Change things up with a short trip to Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, meet the residents at Dallas Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Reunion Tower, and see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dallas online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Dallas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Grapevine, Bluebonnet Trail
Highlights from your plan
Bluebonnet Trail ©
Bluebonnet Trail
Fort Worth Botanic Garden ©
Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Radnor Lake State Park and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Carter House and Downtown Franklin. Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to Carnton in Franklin, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Centennial Park, admire the landmark architecture of Fontanel Mansion, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown), and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip maker app .

You can fly from Dallas to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nashville when traveling from Dallas in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park

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night
Chicago

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally stroll through Lakefront Trail.

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Fly from Nashville to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nashville in May, expect Chicago to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Tours Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk

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