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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 3 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.
On the 21st (Mon), appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio..

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis custom trip planner.

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect Memphis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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 22nd (Tue), stop by Hatch Show Print, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Franklin on Foot, get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Opry Mills.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nashville vacation planner.

You can fly from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Memphis in May since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Franklin
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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

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Roaring Fork and Chimney Tops. Walker Sisters' Cabin and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Mount LeConte (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: browse the fresh offerings at The Old Mill, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. 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, River Rafting & Tubing, Sugarlands Distilling Company
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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