8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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 17th (Fri), contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Memphis itinerary planner.

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Memphis reach 80°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
nights
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 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nashville trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

1
night
Ocoee

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ocoee vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Ocoee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Ocoee due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Ocoee

Parks Nature Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pigeon Forge: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Mount LeConte (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and cool off at Dollywood.

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Getting from Ocoee to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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