4 days in Tennessee Itinerary

4 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

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Pigeon Forge
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Memphis
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Pigeon Forge

— 2 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cades Cove and Mount LeConte. Change things up with a short trip to Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stroll through Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge driving holiday website.

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 little chillier evenings in Pigeon Forge when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Memphis.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Memphis

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Pigeon Forge to Memphis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Memphis due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.