20 days in Tennessee Itinerary

20 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 5 nights
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Chattanooga
— 5 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 7 nights
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Memphis — 2 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.
Kids will enjoy Graceland and Beale Street. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, look for gifts at Lansky, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

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

Atlanta to Memphis is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Nashville — 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Lotz House Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Franklin Antique Mall & Aspen Grove Park). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 5 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.
Attractions like Tennessee Aquarium and Raccoon Mountain Caverns make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Chattanooga with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Ocoee--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chattanooga National Cemetery, take a stroll through Bluff View Art District, and take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. June in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.
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Pigeon Forge — 7 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.
Attractions like Dollywood and The Island in Pigeon Forge make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pigeon Forge: Hartford (River Rafting & Tubing & Zipline) and Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip app.

Drive from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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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