9 days in Tennessee & East Coast of USA Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee & East Coast of USA Itinerary

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Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Bryson City
— 1 night
New York City
— 3 nights
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to The Eastern Iowa Airport


Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge itinerary planner.

Cedar Rapids to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cedar Rapids to Pigeon Forge due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Pigeon Forge, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get outside with Nantahala on the Fly, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then cruise along Newfound Gap Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bryson City trip planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in June, things will get little chillier in Bryson City: highs are around 81°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Attractions like Central Park and 9/11 Memorial make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, wander the streets of Times Square, go for a walk through The High Line, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bryson City to New York City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New York City, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kids will enjoy National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial, and get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Tennessee travel guide

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.

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.