8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee journey builder

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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Knoxville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
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Chattanooga
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Memphis

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Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Try My Nuts Company, The Old Mill Candy Kitchen and Three Bears General Store. On the 10th (Sat), cool off at Dollywood, do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, then look for gifts at Try My Nuts Company, and finally take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Three Bears General Store, look for gifts at The Old Mill Candy Kitchen, then take in panoramic vistas at Gatlinburg Space Needle, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, and finally examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge online trip itinerary maker.

Towson to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In August, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sunsphere Tower as well as Market Square. On the 12th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Market Square and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunsphere Tower.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Knoxville road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Knoxville takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Knoxville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. You'll set off for Chattanooga on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Chattanooga

— 3 nights

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ruby Falls, The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway and Walnut Street Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg SkyLift Park & Sugarlands Distilling Company). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and get great views at Rock City.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga online attractions planner.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Centennial Park, Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Parthenon, and other attractions you added.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nashville road trip planning website.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Nashville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods · Museums · Nightlife · Parks

Memphis

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Beale Street. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Memphis day trip app.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Memphis, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites

Tennessee travel guide

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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.