6 days in Tennessee Itinerary

6 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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6 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New Era
Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: New Era

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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 13th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, stop by Lansky, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Graceland and then try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Memphis trip builder website .

New Era to Memphis is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, Memphis is a bit warmer than New Era - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 15th (Fri), examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then view the masterpieces at Gallery 202, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Franklin.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nashville driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

2
nights
Pigeon Forge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, then shop like a local with Fowler's Clay Works, then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge day trip planning tool .

Getting from Nashville to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. In May in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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