8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Tampa

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Graceland, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then make a trip to Beale Street, and finally look for gifts at Lansky.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Memphis online trip builder .

Tampa to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in March; daily highs in Memphis reach 63°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville journey app .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. March in Nashville sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Museums Fun & Games
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The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown) ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Beer Tastings & Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, then find something for the whole family at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, and then cool off at Dollywood.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. March in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

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Rocky Top Mountain Coaster ©
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

2
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
On the 1st (Wed), take a memorable drive along Cades Cove, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and then walk around Chimneys Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Newfound Gap Road, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and finally hike along Alum Cave Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online travel planner .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very close to Pigeon Forge. March in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

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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 3rd (Fri), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then shop like a local with Fowler's Clay Works, and finally explore the striking landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg online tour planner .

Gatlinburg is just a short distance from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In April, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines

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