5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee travel 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.
Head to Tanger Outlets Sevierville and Salt and Pepper Shaker Museumfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sugarland Cellars and Bush's Visitor Center. Change things up with a short trip to Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Shine Company - Gatlinburg, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, and see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pigeon Forge online itinerary planner.

Kalamazoo to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Kalamazoo in March, expect Pigeon Forge to be somewhat warmer, temps between 60°F and 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wineries
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.
On the 9th (Wed), stroll through Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville online road trip planner.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In March, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Memphis.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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.
On the 10th (Thu), stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and then get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis driving holiday website.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. March in Memphis sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Shopping · Museums

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.