8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Memphis
— 1 day
Drive
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Nashville
— 1 night
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Memphis

— 1 day

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 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Graceland, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then don't miss a visit to Beale Street.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis vacation planner.

Dallas to Memphis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Nashville

— 1 night

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 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nashville road trip tool.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Chattanooga

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Mon), stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange of Chattanooga, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chattanooga National Cemetery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, and finally take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and then admire the sheer force of Ruby Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Family-friendly places like Dollywood and Titanic Museum Attraction will thrill your kids. When in Pigeon Forge, make a side trip to see Ramsey Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately Great Smoky Mountains National Park away. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get in on the family fun at Big Top Arcade.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.