18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
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Chattanooga
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 5 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Pigeon Forge — 5 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dollywood and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Zipline (in Hartford). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge, hike along Grotto Falls Parking, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and stroll through Roaring Fork.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge road trip planning site.

New York City to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Pigeon Forge hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 4 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tennessee Aquarium and Lookout Mountain. Explore Chattanooga's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee) and Ocoee HorseRide (in Charleston). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chattanooga National Cemetery, and Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chattanooga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nashville.
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Nashville — 5 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Family-friendly places like Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery will thrill your kids. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Charlie Daniels Park in Mount Juliet--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Memphis.
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Memphis — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Graceland and Memphis Zoo will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, appreciate the history behind Statue of Elvis, and steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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