8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee tour planner

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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 1 night
Drive
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of Pigeon Forge to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Ramsey Cascades, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Sun) at Dollywood. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and get in on the family fun at Big Top Arcade.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Pigeon Forge online trip itinerary maker.

Miami to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Miami in December, with highs in Pigeon Forge at 53°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 1 night

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 30th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, and then stroll through Lookout Mountain.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Chattanooga in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 31st (Thu), examine the collection 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.

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Getting from Chattanooga to Nashville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Memphis

— 2 nights

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 1st (Fri), examine the collection at Graceland, get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, and then look for gifts at Lansky. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Beale Street, then take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.