9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Nashville

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Centennial Park. Explore hidden gems such as Carnton and Downtown Franklin. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Franklin Antique Mall & Carter House), Burgess Falls State Park (in Sparta) and Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Radnor Lake State Park, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary builder website.

New York City to Nashville is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Nashville, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Chattanooga

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 14th (Wed): hike along Tennessee Riverpark, Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, then take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga road trip planner.

Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 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 October in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Pigeon Forge

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuckaleechee Caverns and Roaring Fork. Step off the beaten path and head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Newfound Gap Road. Step out of Pigeon Forge to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, savor the flavors at Old Forge Distillery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and do a tasting at Sugarland Cellars.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge day trip tool.

Drive from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.