9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip itinerary planner

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Nashville
— 1 night
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bristol
— 1 night
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, then admire the masterpieces at Amqui Station and Visitors Center, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary planner.

Orlando to Nashville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Orlando in December, with highs in Nashville at 53°F and lows at 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nightlife

Chattanooga

— 2 nights

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 30th (Wed), look for gifts at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Chattanooga, stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, and finally take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge. On the next day, Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Bristol.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Bristol

— 1 night
Bristol is a city in Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to Tennessee Welcome Center- Bristol, contemplate the long history of Tennessee Ernie Ford House, go deep underground at Cooper's Gem Mine, then join the crowd at Bristol Motor Speedway, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Tri-Cities Escape Game.

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Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Bristol takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chattanooga in December, expect nights in Bristol to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are slightly colder, around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Bristol

Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge

— 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Dollywood and The Island in Pigeon Forge make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Pigeon Forge with an excursion to Ramsey Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, get in on the family fun at Big Top Arcade, cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, and take in panoramic vistas at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Bristol to Pigeon Forge in 2 hours. In January in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.