7 days in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

7 days in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee journey planner

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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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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.
On the 25th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parrot Mountain & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster and then make a splash at Dollywood.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary planner.

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 a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. On the 27th (Mon), you're off to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks

Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

Center of Fun in the Smokies

Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Big Top Arcade, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge driving holiday website.

On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Museums · Adventure · Tours

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Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Fowler's Clay Works, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alum Cave Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and finally take a memorable drive along Little River Road.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg road trip planner.

Gatlinburg is very close to Pigeon Forge. In September in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

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 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Downtown Presbyterian Church and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nashville online journey builder.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

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