9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Franklin
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ducktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): have fun and explore at The Children's Museum of Memphis, explore the galleries of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally look for gifts at A. Schwab. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Memphis Zoo, then try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Memphis road trip planner.

Philadelphia to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Southland Park Gaming and Racing ©

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Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
On the 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House, then get a taste of the local shopping with David Arms Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Franklin Glassblowing Studio.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Franklin trip builder .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Franklin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Franklin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House
David Arms Gallery ©
David Arms Gallery

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): have fun and explore at Creative Discovery Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Rock City Gardens, and then take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga route maker app .

Traveling by car from Franklin 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. In July, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ducktown.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Childrens Museums Parks Museums

Side Trips

Rock City Gardens, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
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Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum
Rock City Gardens ©
Rock City Gardens

1
night
Ducktown

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then make a trip to Fields of the Wood.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Ducktown trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Ducktown takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chattanooga in July, with highs in Ducktown at 84°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Ducktown

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Fields of the Wood, Ocoee Outdoors, Inc.
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River Rafting & Tubing
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood

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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.
Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Titanic Museum Attraction will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Roaring Fork and Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook. Step out of Pigeon Forge with an excursion to Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge itinerary planning app .

Getting from Ducktown to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 3 hours. July in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Smoky Mountain Knife Works
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The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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