20 days in Tennessee Itinerary

20 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Pigeon Forge
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Pigeon Forge
— 6 nights
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Sweetwater
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Pigeon Forge

— 6 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.
Bush's Visitor Center and Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Big Top Arcade and Christmas Place. Take a break from Pigeon Forge with a short trip to Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Bluff Mountain Adventures, get in on the family fun at Arcade City, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge day trip website.

Amman, Jordan to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Amman to Pigeon Forge is minus 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Amman in December: high temperatures in Pigeon Forge hover around 13°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sweetwater.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sweetwater

— 2 nights
Sweetwater is a city in Monroe and McMinn counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the most populous city in Monroe County. On the 21st (Tue), admire the sheer force of Bald River Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Citico Wildlife Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Stinging Fork Falls, take an in-depth tour of McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, and then get a dose of the wild on The Lost Sea Adventure.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sweetwater online travel route planner.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Sweetwater in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sweetwater can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Sweetwater

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kids will enjoy Bluff View Art District and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Get outdoors at Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Ruby Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Rock Island State Park in Rock Island (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Creative Discovery Museum, look for gifts at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Chattanooga, examine the collection at Wayne-O-Rama, and ponder the design of Coolidge Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip planning app.

You can drive from Sweetwater to Chattanooga in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Nashville

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lotz House Museum and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cheekwood and Downtown Franklin. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Franklin (Carnton & Carter House) and Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Belmont Mansion, examine the collection at : Gallery of Iconic Guitars, get engrossed in the history at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, and stroll around Centennial Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip maker site.

Getting from Chattanooga to Nashville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Bring the kids along to Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum. Get some historical perspective at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and The Peabody Ducks. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Graceland, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and look and learn at Sharpe Planetarium.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Memphis online journey maker.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.