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
— 6 nights
Drive:  9 h
End: Smyrna

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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 Sun Studio as well as Graceland. On the 6th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Graceland, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Memphis journey planning tool .

Smyrna to Memphis is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Smyrna to Memphis. When traveling from Smyrna in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Memphis, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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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 as well as Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and then admire the landmark architecture of The Parthenon.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville travel route planning tool .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
The Parthenon ©
The Parthenon

6
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 Christmas Place, Anakeesta, Alcatraz East Crime Museum, 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. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

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