8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

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Pigeon Forge
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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.
On the 6th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary builder tool.

Orlando to Memphis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Memphis is colder than Orlando - with highs of 55°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

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— 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.
On the 7th (Tue), see a show at Grand Ole Opry, then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. On your second day here, stop by Downtown Nashville and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nashville online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

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.
Pigeon Forge is known for theme parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, get in on the family fun at Dollywood, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge travel route planner.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. December in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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.