7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planner.

Dallas to Memphis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in September, things will get slightly colder in Memphis: highs are around 87°F and lows about 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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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 (Mon), stop by Brentwood Jewelry, then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville online visit planner .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Memphis in September, Nashville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lotz House Museum, Brentwood Jewelry
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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Knoxville

Knoxville
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 3rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Gentle Barn, look for gifts at McKay Used Books & CDs, and then walk around High Ground Park & River Bluff Wildlife Area.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Knoxville trip builder tool .

Drive from Nashville to Knoxville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Wildlife Shopping

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Let the collections at Fowler's Clay Works and Philip DeAngelo Studio capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), New Morning Gallery (in Asheville) and Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops (in Dillsboro). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Quiet Walkways and steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg travel route planner .

You can drive from Knoxville to Gatlinburg in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville, Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops, River Rafting & Tubing
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Fowler's Clay Works ©
Fowler's Clay Works
River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, look for gifts at The Old Mill Candy Kitchen, and then browse the different shops at Old Forge Plaza.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge tour itinerary planning site .

Pigeon Forge is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. In September, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Shopping Museums
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The Old  Mill Candy Kitchen ©
The Old Mill Candy Kitchen
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

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