8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Nashville
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 1 night
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Athens
— 1 night
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Nashville

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 6th (Tue), browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nashville road trip planner.

Memphis to Nashville is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

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Pigeon Forge

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.
On the 7th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Parrot Mountain & Gardens, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience the excitement of Rocky Top Mountain Coaster and then get in on the family fun at Dollywood.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge day trip planning website.

Drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
On the 9th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, then trek along Grotto Falls Parking, and then pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip planning website.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very close to Pigeon Forge. July in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

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Gatlinburg

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, then find something for the whole family at Ripley's Haunted Adventure, then take in panoramic vistas at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg road trip website.

Gatlinburg is very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Athens.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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Athens

Athens is a city in McMinn County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Purdy's Petting Zoo and then get a dose of the wild on The Lost Sea Adventure.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens online travel route planner.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Athens by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Athens

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Chattanooga

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 12th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Law Enforcement Memorial, then explore the engaging exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum, and then stop by Moon Pie General Store.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chattanooga online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Athens to Chattanooga takes an hour. July in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 71°F at night. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.