9 days in Memphis, Nashville & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

9 days in Memphis, Nashville & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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9 days in Memphis, Nashville & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

Start: Smyrna
Drive:  15​h
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
3
Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Smyrna

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Graceland, National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Sun Studio. On the 6th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Graceland, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then stroll through Memphis Zoo, and finally contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Memphis online tour planner .

Smyrna to Memphis is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Smyrna to Memphis due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Smyrna in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo

few
hours
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Parthenon, The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. On the 7th (Sun), examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and then admire the striking features of The Parthenon.

To find photos and tourist information, use the Nashville day trip app .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe
The Parthenon ©
The Parthenon

5
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've added Pigeon Forge Snow, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, WonderWorks, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: cool off at Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pigeon Forge trip planning site .

Getting from Nashville to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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