8 days in Tennessee & Williamsburg Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee & Williamsburg Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Graceland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sun Studio and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip planning tool.

Sacramento to Memphis is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Memphis when traveling from Sacramento in August, with lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums

Nashville

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Williamsburg

— 1 night
Williamsburg is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Whitley County, Kentucky, United States. On the 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nashville to Williamsburg in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Nashville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Williamsburg, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Pigeon Forge

— 3 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.
Attractions like Dollywood and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and cruise along Little River Road.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge travel planner.

Drive from Williamsburg to Pigeon Forge in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.