3 days in Tennessee Itinerary

3 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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— 1 day
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights


Memphis — 1 day

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 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio and then don't miss a visit to Graceland.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Memphis road trip planner.

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can fly to Pigeon Forge.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Pigeon Forge — 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sat), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then make a splash at Dollywood.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip website.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Pigeon Forge takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Memphis in July, Pigeon Forge is little chillier at night with lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Theme Parks
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Tennessee travel guide

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.