8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sevierville
— 1 night
Drive
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Ocoee
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, take a memorable drive along Little River Road, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg travel site.

New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 3 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.
Attractions like Dollywood and Parrot Mountain & Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge, don't miss a visit to All Sauced Up #2, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary planner.

Pigeon Forge is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sevierville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Tours · Museums

Sevierville

— 1 night
Lying at the foothills of the Great Smokies, Sevierville is a friendly tourist town with plenty of Southern charm.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo, stop by Smoky Mountain Knife Works, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Sevierville trip itinerary planner.

Sevierville is very close to Pigeon Forge. In August, daily temperatures in Sevierville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Sevierville

Tours · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Ocoee

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the activities along Ocoee River.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ocoee online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sevierville to Ocoee in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Ocoee

Tours · Adventure · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Tennessee travel guide

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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.