7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly

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Pigeon Forge

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dollywood and The Island in Pigeon Forge. Change things up with these side-trips from Pigeon Forge: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Ramsey Cascades). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and shop like a local with Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge online route planner.

Houston to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Pigeon Forge. In December, Pigeon Forge is a bit cooler than Houston - with highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Nashville vacation builder website.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
On the 31st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Graceland, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Elvis, and then don't miss a visit to Beale Street. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio and then browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Memphis are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.