7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio..

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip builder.

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Memphis reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Lotz House Museum. Visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Franklin on Foot for their historical value. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nashville when traveling from Memphis in May, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

2
nights
Pigeon Forge

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork and Cades Cove. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Titanic Museum and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Mount LeConte & Chimney Tops). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge vacation builder.

You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sugarlands Distilling Company
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

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