29 days in Tennessee, Jacksonville & Pembroke Pines Itinerary

29 days in Tennessee, Jacksonville & Pembroke Pines Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dallas
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Shiloh
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
6
Jacksonville
— 10 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
7
Pembroke Pines
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Dallas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Metal Museum and then see the interesting displays at Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, then browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis attractions planner.

Dallas to Memphis is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Metal Museum ©
Metal Museum
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

1
night
Shiloh

Shiloh ©
On the 17th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Pickwick Landing State Park, then see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiloh National Military Park.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shiloh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Shiloh takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Shiloh are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Shiloh

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Buford Pusser Home and Museum, Pickwick Landing State Park
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Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Buford Pusser Home and Museum ©
Buford Pusser Home and Museum
Pickwick Landing State Park ©
Pickwick Landing State Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carter House and The George Jones. You'll explore and learn at Madame Tussauds Nashville and Carnton. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro) and George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, get engrossed in the history at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, and stroll around Centennial Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nashville route maker.

Traveling by car from Shiloh to Nashville takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nashville are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Franklin, Stones River National Battlefield, George Dickel Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Stones River National Battlefield ©
Stones River National Battlefield
The George Jones ©
The George Jones

3
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 Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Rock Island State Park and Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Step out of Chattanooga with an excursion to Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. in Ocoee--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, stop by Moon Pie General Store, and partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga online day trip planner.

Getting from Nashville to Chattanooga by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Rock Island State Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Ocoee Outdoors, Inc.
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ©
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Rock Island State Park ©
Rock Island State Park
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Laurel Falls and Grotto Falls Parking. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Forbidden Caverns and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Bush's Beans Visitor Center in Chestnut Hill (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge takes 3 hours. May in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Bush's Beans Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Bush's Beans Visitor Center ©
Bush's Beans Visitor Center

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nights
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Popular historic sites such as Kingsley Plantation and Fort King George State Historic Site are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Butterfly Rainforest and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Explore Jacksonville's surroundings by going to Ormond Beach (Andy Romano Beachfront Park, Ormond Beach, &more), St. Augustine (Old City, Anastasia State Park, &more) and Gainesville (Matheson History Museum, University of Florida Bat House, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Princess Place Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Big Talbot Island State Park, stroll around Little Talbot Island State Park, and admire the masterpieces at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jacksonville itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Pigeon Forge to Jacksonville takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Pigeon Forge in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jacksonville: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Pembroke Pines.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Augustine, Gainesville, Ormond Beach, St. Marys, Jekyll Island
Highlights from your plan
Kingsley Plantation ©
Kingsley Plantation
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Butterfly Rainforest ©
Butterfly Rainforest

5
nights
Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Flamingo Gardens. Discover out-of-the-way places like Revs Institute and C.B. Smith Park. Get out of town with these interesting Pembroke Pines side-trips: Naples (Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Lowdermilk Beach, &more), Kirby Storter Roadside Park (in Ochopee) and Big Cypress Reservation (in Clewiston). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Smallwood Store, take in nature's colorful creations at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, and experience rural life at Marando Farms and Ranch.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pembroke Pines trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Jacksonville to Pembroke Pines in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pembroke Pines

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Naples, Davie, Chokoloskee, Kirby Storter Roadside Park, Big Cypress Reservation
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Conservancy of Southwest Florida ©
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Flamingo Gardens ©
Flamingo Gardens

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