7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
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Pigeon Forge — 2 nights

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.
Let the collections at Titanic Museum Attraction and Hollywood Star Cars Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Washington to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Ocoee.
Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Ocoee — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the activities along Ocoee River and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ocoee day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Ocoee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Ocoee can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.
Adventure · Tours · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Nashville — 1 night

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see a show at Grand Ole Opry, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Ocoee to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Memphis.
Museums · Nightlife

Memphis — 2 nights

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 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sun Studio and then examine the collection at Graceland. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Memphis trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville in September, Memphis is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Theaters
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.