8 days in Tennessee & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), go on a hair-raising tour with Franklin on Foot, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Soar Adventure Tower. On your second day here, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville day trip planner.

Cleveland to Nashville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to Nashville. When traveling from Cleveland in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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Pigeon Forge

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dollywood and Titanic Museum Attraction. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and stop by Wrapped Elegance.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips


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Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get interesting insight from Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline and then admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy. Keep things going the next day: go deep underground at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and then experience rural life at Grandad's Apples.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Asheville attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Asheville takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

Specialty Museums · Distilleries · 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.

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.