5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee travel route planner
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Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Laurel Falls and Zipline. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bush's Visitor Center and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Step out of Pigeon Forge with an excursion to Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Sugarland Cellars, look for gifts at Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Sevierville.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Kalamazoo to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kalamazoo in January; daily highs in Pigeon Forge reach 47°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nashville.
Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature
Side Trips

Nashville — 1 night

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then take in the history at Carter House, and then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nashville trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Memphis.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
Side Trip

Memphis — 1 night

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 30th (Sun): look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and then get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Memphis trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
Museums · Shopping

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.