7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h
1
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Clingmans Dome and The Escape Game Pigeon Forge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pigeon Forge: Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, and make a splash at Dollywood.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge tour itinerary maker app .

Washington DC to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, River Rafting & Tubing, Clingmans Dome, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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River Rafting & Tubing
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, then Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga road trip planning website .

Getting from Pigeon Forge to Chattanooga by car takes about 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge

2
nights
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 19th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown), then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bowen Plantation House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Fontanel Mansion, then snap pictures at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nashville visit planner.

Drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nightlife Outdoors
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The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown) ©
Centennial Park ©
Centennial Park
Fontanel Mansion ©
Fontanel Mansion

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