8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Houston
Drive:  14​h 15​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
On the 30th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum and then stroll the grounds of McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Radnor Lake State Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville visit planner.

Houston to Nashville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in August; daily highs in Nashville reach 89°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

#Nature, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Stones River National Battlefield
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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 2nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Rock City Gardens, then take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chattanooga sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Rock City Gardens, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
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Rock City Gardens ©
Rock City Gardens

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Forbidden Caverns. Get outdoors at Grotto Falls Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, cool off at Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park, get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge tour itinerary site .

Drive from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In September in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Forbidden Caverns, Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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