9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Signal Mountain
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Step out of Memphis with an excursion to Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Graceland, contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis online trip itinerary maker.

Albany to Memphis is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Albany to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Albany in September, with highs in Memphis at 87°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

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Nashville

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Memphis in September, Nashville is little chillier at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Chattanooga

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In September in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Signal Mountain.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Signal Mountain

— 1 night
Signal Mountain is a town in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Signal Point, experience rural life at Fairmount Orchard, then stroll around Chester Frost Park, and finally trek along Greenway Farms Conference Center.

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Signal Mountain is just a stone's throw from Chattanooga. September in Signal Mountain sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Signal Mountain

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 1 night

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 14th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planner.

Drive from Signal Mountain to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

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 15th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and then find something for the whole family at Dollywood.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge trip itinerary maker.

Pigeon Forge is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In September, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Tennessee travel guide

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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.