9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
5
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h
End: New York City

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Beale Street and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Graceland, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Memphis itinerary planner .

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 5th (Mon), examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Nashville sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nightlife Fun & Games
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

1
night
Ocoee

On the 6th (Tue), explore the activities along Adventures Unlimited and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ocoee trip builder website .

Getting from Nashville to Ocoee by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Ocoee due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Ocoee can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Ocoee

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, find something for the whole family at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and stroll through Chimneys Picnic Area.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Ocoee to Gatlinburg in 2.5 hours. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, and then make a splash at Dollywood. On the next day, get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary maker site .

Pigeon Forge is very close to Gatlinburg. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
The Island in Pigeon Forge ©
The Island in Pigeon Forge
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

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