17 days in Tennessee Itinerary

17 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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17 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  25​h
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
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 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Memphis Zoo, then deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. On your second day here, stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Memphis online itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Memphis is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 16 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields. Take a break from the city and head to Adventures Unlimited and Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Step out of Chattanooga to go to Fall Creek Falls State Park and see Fall Creek Falls, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, look for gifts at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Chattanooga, and sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chattanooga online day trip planner .

Fly from Memphis to Chattanooga in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Memphis to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocoee, Fall Creek Falls, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Highlights from your plan
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Get in touch with nature at Grotto Falls Trail and Roaring Fork. Get out of town with these interesting Pigeon Forge side-trips: Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville), Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, and putt your heart out at Hillbilly Golf.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Forbidden Caverns ©
Forbidden Caverns
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Carnton and RCA Studio B. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lotz House Museum and Carter House. Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to Franklin Glassblowing Studio in Franklin, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown), and explore the world behind art at Carl Van Vechten Gallery.

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Drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House

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