7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Newark

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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 1st (Wed): deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and then see the interesting displays at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis online trip itinerary maker .

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Memphis sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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 2nd (Thu), take in the history at Carter House, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then walk around Centennial Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Savannah's Candy Kitchen, then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, and then take in the history at Carnton.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville vacation website .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, stop by Moon Pie General Store, then snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, and finally sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chattanooga online journey planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Highlights from your plan
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Moon Pie General Store ©
Moon Pie General Store

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Clingmans Dome and Zipline. Step out of the city life by going to Tuckaleechee Caverns and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge tour planning website .

You can drive from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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