57 days in Tennessee Itinerary

57 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
— 12 nights
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Nashville
— 9 nights
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Pulaski
— 3 nights
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Lynchburg
— 7 nights
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Chattanooga
— 11 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 14 nights
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Memphis — 12 nights

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.
Attractions like Graceland and Sun Studio make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Morton Museum of Collierville History (in Collierville), Mid South Military Museum (in Atoka) and Carnegie Legends Museum (in Jackson). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, look and learn at Sharpe Planetarium, meet the residents at Memphis Zoo, and don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Memphis journey planner.

Washington to Memphis is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington to Memphis. In November, Memphis is a bit warmer than Washington - with highs of 63°F and lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nashville.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Nashville — 9 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Bring the kids along to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Downtown Nashville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Franklin (Carter House, Carnton, &more). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. November in Nashville sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pulaski.
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Pulaski — 3 nights

Pulaski is a city and county seat of Giles County, Tennessee, United States. Family-friendly places like Ramsay Cascade and Amish Heritage Welcome Center and Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to The Farm in Summertown (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Milky Way Farm, don't miss a visit to Giles County Trail of Tears Memorial, and stop by Col. Littleton.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pulaski route builder website.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pulaski takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lynchburg.
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Lynchburg — 7 nights

Lynchburg is a city in the south-central region of the U.S. state of Tennessee. Attractions like Harvey's Garden and Tim's Ford Marina make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Falls Mill (in Belvidere) and Lyon Family Farms (in Taft). The adventure continues: stop by Lynchburg Hardware and General Store, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lynchburg City Cemetery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Prichard's Distillery, and make a trip to Diamond Gusset Jean Company.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lynchburg holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Pulaski to Lynchburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Lynchburg are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 11 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tennessee Aquarium and Lookout Mountain. The adventure continues: Head underground at Ruby Falls, head outdoors with Stringer's Ridge, pause for some photo ops at Law Enforcement Memorial, and grab your bike and head to Enterprise South Nature Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chattanooga route planner.

Drive from Lynchburg to Chattanooga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Lynchburg to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.
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Pigeon Forge — 14 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.
Family-friendly places like Dollywood and Titanic Museum Attraction will thrill your kids. Explore Pigeon Forge's surroundings by going to Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Andrews Bald Trail, Clingmans Dome, &more) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (in Gatlinburg). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge, take in nature's colorful creations at Parrot Mountain & Gardens, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Historic Sites
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.
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