7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: College Station
Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: College Station

2
nights
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.
You've added Memphis Zoo, Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, Memphis Riverboats, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Graceland, then get your game on at Sun Studio, then make a trip to Beale Street, and finally look for gifts at A. Schwab. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo, then get a new perspective on things with Memphis Riverboats, and then get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis journey planner.

College Station to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Memphis are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
A. Schwab ©
A. Schwab

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
You've added Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Antique Archaeology, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll around Centennial Park, look for gifts at Antique Archaeology, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Centennial Park ©
Centennial Park

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Three Bears General Store, Pigeon Forge Gem Mine and Titanic Museum Attraction. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for gifts at Three Bears General Store, stop by Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, then find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Forge Distillery.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge online trip planner .

Drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Shopping Theme Parks Historic Sites
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The Coaster at Goats on the Roof ©
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof
Old Forge Distillery ©
Old Forge Distillery
Three Bears General Store ©
Three Bears General Store

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 16th (Thu), hike along Grotto Falls Parking, shop like a local with Fowler's Clay Works, see the interesting displays at Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, learn about winemaking at Sugarland Cellars, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planning app .

Gatlinburg is very close to Pigeon Forge. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls

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